The United Nations Population Fund, UNFPA, is the lead UN agency for delivering a world where every pregnancy is wanted, every childbirth is safe, and every young person's potential is fulfilled.

Since UNFPA started working in the Philippines, the agency has promoted the right of Filipinos to access reproductive health information and services, including family planning and prevention of gender-based violence, to enable them to make informed and voluntary choices and decisions.

Under the current country programme (2012-2018), UNFPA has reached 7.5 million young Filipinos with correct information on adolescent sexual and reproductive health. The agency also reached 1.4 million Filipinos with family planning sessions in the workplace and in their communities through its Business Action for Family Planning Access (BAFP) project. 

How we work 

Guided by the Programme of Action of the International Conference on Population and Development (ICPD) and the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), UNFPA supports national and local partners in their efforts to reduce maternal deaths by achieving universal access to sexual and reproductive health, including family planning. Through policy engagement and catalytic technical support, UNFPA strengthens capacities of government to implement the Responsible Parenthood and Reproductive Health Law and the Magna Carta of Women, specifically the provisions on:

  • Reproductive rights and violence against women;

  • Integration of the Minimum Initial Service Package (MISP) on sexual and reproductive health in humanitarian response; and

  • Incorporation of population dimension into migration, disaster risk reduction and climate change adaptation plans.

UNFPA gives special attention to removing barriers that prevent indigenous peoples, urban poor, and women and girls with disabilities from accessing critical reproductive health services.

UNFPA works with the government and other partners to create a policy environment that will allow the Philippines to fully benefit from the demographic dividend and boost economic productivity of the large number of Filipino youth. Related to this, UNFPA supports the implementation of comprehensive sexuality education, both in schools and through community-based training and outreach.

UNFPA partners with young people, helping them participate in decisions affecting them, and strengthening their ability to advance human rights and development issues.

During emergencies, UNFPA supports government in protecting the reproductive health of crisis-affected population, including prevention and management of gender-based violence.