News - FBOs Talk Popdev


Faith-based organizations can be a powerful bloc to respond to issues of population and development for sustainable and lasting change.

This realization is once again affirmed during the Second National Conference on Building an Interfaith Network on Population and Development held recently.

With the theme of “Broadening FBOs’ Responses to Population and Development Challenges,” the conference intends to deepen the understanding of FBOs on the link between religion and popdev and to start them thinking of ways to collaborate and coordinate with secular agencies to address popdev concerns.

Some 50 FBOs, including representatives from indigenous peoples’ communities, attended the conference.

A highlight of the event is the sharing of experiences on popdev projects by PCPD’s FBO partners. These projects and their implementers are the following:

·         Local legislation on reproductive health in the Autonomous Region of Muslim Mindanao;

·         Collaboration between the Archdiocese of Cagayan de Oro and the Commission on Population in promoting natural family planning;

·         Partnership between the local government of Antipolo and the Interfaith Partnership for the Promotion of Responsible Parenthood on the Youth Ventures’ project;

·         Enhancing indigenous practices in responsible parenthood and maternal health and child care of the Daraghuyan community of Bukidnon;

·         Initiatives to address gender-based violence by Nisa Ul-Haqq, a nongovernment organization of Moro women;

·         Sensitizing religious women leaders on the fatwa on responsible parenthood and RH by the Society of Family Development and Education in the Philippines (SOFDEPI); and

·         Tapping pastors as popdev advocates by the City Alliance of Evangelical Churches.

PCPD chair Vicente Paterno characterizes PCPD’s partnership with FBOs as “mutually beneficial.”

“FBOs provide PCPD with evidence-based information on some popdev issues and lessons and best practices to address them,” he says.

With the projects either completed, winding down, or ongoing, PCPD sees the conference as an opportunity to acknowledge accomplishments and lessons, surface struggles and obstacles, and forge stronger commitment and partnership between it and its partner FBOs.

The conference is organized by PCPD and the United Nations Population Fund.