The Provincial Population Cooperative and Livelihood Development Office underwent important iterations in structure and function to adapt to prevailing program and policy environments through the years.
From Office of Provincial Population and Responsible Parenthood, it was renamed Provincial Population Office by virtue of Provincial Ordinance No. 15-92; and then again it was given its present name by virtue of Provincial Ordinance No. 223-2019. Its foundational mandate is to ensure the delivery of basic services relative to the integration of population development principles. Since its establishment as an autonomous provincial government department, the Provincial Population Cooperative and Livelihood Development Office has focused its efforts in the coordination and implementation of the population management program focused on Responsible Parenthood and Family Planning (RPFP), Adolescent Health and Youth Development (AHYD) and Population and Development (POPDEV) integration in all levels of the local government.
As contained in the Provincial Ordinance No. 223-2019, the functions and responsibilities of cooperative and enterprise development were officially integrated into the PPCLDO mandate.
The interrelationship of population processes and outcomes with development processes and outcomes (also known as POPDEV integration) provides the overall dimension to the PPCLDO’s program implementation. While some of its program mandates may seem incongruous at first glance, they are in fact overtly complimentary when taken in this context. On the ground, PPCLDO operationalizes this via a two-pronged strategy: coordination and technical assistance (RPFP, AHYD, POPDEV) and direct service provision (RPFP, AHYD, cooperative, livelihood and enterprise development).
“The leading organization in developing empowered individuals, families and communities.”
“To strengthen the capacities and capabilities of partners by providing innovative and relevant programs and quality services.”
- Commitment and dedication to the mission and vision
- Excellence and integrity
- Creativity and Innovativeness
- Professionalism and teamwork
- Participatory and facilitative development approach
a) To assist local government units, communities, families, youth, women, men, poor individuals and other marginalized groups to improve their capacity to facilitate their own development.
b) To optimize the potential of partnerships with LGUs, stakeholders, cooperating agencies, non-government organizations, and people organizations in the delivery of programs and services.
c) To develop the institutional and entrepreneurial capacities of cooperatives, associations, and micro-entrepreneurs.
d) To assist and participate in the development of new population-related policies and in advocating for policy reforms at the local and national levels.
e) To document and package the impact of programs and projects on clients and the larger community.
f) To capacitate staff/personnel to carry out their tasks efficiently and effectively, thereby enabling them to adapt to internal and external environments.
The Population Management Program of the Province of Pangasinan is considered one of the best models for effective operationalization of a population and development approach in program implementation. Its programs and services are all directed toward improving the capacities of clients—individuals, couples, associations, and cooperatives—to develop themselves and consequently be able to contribute to nation-building. Evidently, the two main program components: population management and cooperative, livelihood and enterprise development are not mutually exclusive programs but are complementary under the organizational structure of the PPCLDO.
This distinctive dimension of PPCLDO’s program implementation was duly recognized when the province was awarded the prestigious Rafael M. Salas Population and Development Award in 2003 for its outstanding performance and innovative approaches in population and development.
In 2012, the Commission on Population and Development recognized the province’s meritorious and exemplary best practices in the implementation of the Philippine Population Management Program at the local level. In 2014, the province received POPDEV Distinction Awards from POPCOM Region I for its Community-Based Family Planning Monitoring Information System and the Provincial Livelihood Assistance Program.
In 2019, PPCLDO was adjudged the Most Outstanding Provincial Population Office by the Commission on Population and Development Region I through its Regional Kaunlarang Pantao Awards. PPCLDO was then hailed as the third most outstanding Provincial Population Office at the 2019 National Kaunlarang Pantao Awards given by the Commission on Population and Development.