PHE as strategy to meet the SDGs: POPCOM VI
The Philippine population is growing at a fast pace and urban centers are becoming too crowded; this strains the capacity of local and national governments to provide the basic services to its population and imperils the balance of health and environment. This is why the Commission on Population VI in partnership with Convergence for Organizational Resilience and Empowerment (CORE)-Philippines, Inc. and partner agencies will hold the First Regional Population-Health-Environment (PHE) Conference with the theme “Engaging the New Government in Mainstreaming the PHE Approach Towards the Achievement of the Sustainable development Goals (SDG)” on September 8-9, 2016 at Sarabia Manor Hotel, Iloilo City.
“The Population-Health-Environment (PHE) approach to development recognizes the crucial link between people and their environment. Integrated population, health and environment programs have shown better results than single-sector programs and are more programmatically efficient.” explains Mr. Harold Alfred P. Marshall, POPCOM VI Regional Director.
The said conference will highlight the good practices in the field of PHE in Western Visayas. The projects to be presented are “Rural Water Supply and Sanitation Project (RWSSP): Toward Community Empowerment, Improved Health and Sanitation and Environmental Awareness”- Iloilo Province, “Finding Niches for Youth Participation in Disaster Risk Reduction (DRR) and Climate Change Adaptation (CCA): Showcase of San Joaquin, Iloilo Experience”- San Joaquin, Iloilo,“Sustained Adolescent Reproductive and Sexual Health (ARSH) Program through Integrated Population, Health, and Environment”- Concepcion, Iloilo, and “Population, Health, and Environment (PHE) Integration- The Ibajaynon Way: Towards the Realization of SDGs”- Ibajay, Aklan. Sagay City, Negros Occidental will also present their project “Sagay Marine Reserve Project”.
The conference will look at the state of addressing the Sustainable Development Goals (SDG) using the PHE approach and advance the achievements in intensifying, replicating and expanding the population, health and environment programmatic approach to different landscapes (urban and rural settings; from a community to an ecosystem approach; across varying landscapes such as aquatic, upland and urban areas; and others; and to different strategic points of intervention (climate change actions, disaster mitigation, poverty alleviation, food security, HIV-AIDS programming, improved technology and sustainable energy-supported, and others).
“The gathering will explore the chances success and potential challenges of addressing the SDGs utilizing the PHE Integration approach and how it can be replicated to other Local Government Units,” Dir. Marshall further said.
This activity is a collaborative effort of the regional offices of PopCom, DA, BFAR, DENR, PIA, DILG, DOH, NEDA, CORE, Philippines, Inc., and Iloilo Code of NGOs.