PCPD started operations in 1973 as the Population Center Foundation (PCF). Its first mandate was to serve as a resource institution for the Philippine population program whose major concern then was "managing the growth of the country’s population through fertility reduction or family planning."
PCF was renamed the Philippine Center for Population and Development (PCPD) on February 15, 1991 to reflect the change in its mission. As an operating foundation, it expanded its scope beyond traditional population concerns. Still in the context of population management, its programs addressed the social and human development of rural and urban communities in the Philippines.
In 2000, the Board of Trustees decided to shift the Foundation’s role from implementing to grant making. In this capacity, it provides financial support to policy research and action programs that promote a close linkage between population and development.
2020 marked a milestone for PCPD. The Board decided that it would no longer provide grants to support popdev projects. Instead it started the process of becoming a social enterprise that would provide health care for women and children, particularly services that promote their reproductive health and wellbeing.
PCPD supports initiatives to influence peoples' views and promote actions toward long-term human development and an appropriate balance between population and resources.
A better understanding of the relationship between population and development will empower Filipino families to make informed decisions and actions that will result in an improved quality of life. Collectively, we are working toward building a nation that is able to balance its population and resources.
We commit to serve everyone without regard to gender, religion and ethnicity and to provide a comprehensive service in the context of our vision and mission.
We adhere to a strict ethical code in performing our duty and in ensuring that each employee is honest, trustworthy and service-oriented.
Respect for the Individual
We believe in the inherent right of every individual for self-determination. We commit to provide relevant information and necessary support to enable each one to make informed decisions and to realize her/his choices relative to family planning and responsible parenthood.
We recognize that our staff and project participants can articulate views and take actions that should be considered when making decisions that concern them.
We are conscious of the needs of both internal and external clients (employees, tenants and program participants). We make sure that appropriate interventions and services are delivered with care and compassion.
We set standards for our work that result in outcomes of highest quality.
We continually seek to raise the quality of our work through purposeful study of emerging trends and practices relative to our work discipline, particularly on population and development and philanthropy.
We act in unison and support each other to accomplish our common goal.
We believe that development can only be sustainable if proper balance is maintained between the needs of the population and existing resources. This will be the underlying theme of all our advocacy and programs.