AS family planning continued to gain ground nationwide and family sizes stabilized at two to three children, the Philippine government now turned to other important development aspects of the country's population, particularly the "living wages" necessary for parents to responsibly fulfill their role as heads of their families.
This was the position of Undersecretary Juan Antonio Perez 3rd MD, MPH as the country observed Population and Development (Popdev) Week from November 23 to 29. According to him, it was high time Filipinos focused their attention on fostering families that would not only have enough food and other necessities. They also had to ensure brighter paths for their children, which not only allowed the survival of their members, but also the means to save for their future.
Recently, the Commission on Population and Development (PopCom) disclosed a study on the incomes families need to survive and thrive in the different regions. For the Philippines to achieve its demographic dividend by 2025, the agency revealed that at least 1 million more women need to join the country's family planning program, which is currently expanding by half a million every year. It said the target of 2.1 fertility or lower has already been achieved in Calabarzon and the National Capital Region. However, most regions still have almost three-child families, with the BARRM at four.