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POPCOM will become acquainted with the “faces behind the numbers.”

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The Commission on Population and Development’s (POPCOM) newly appointed executive director has committed to going beyond merely gathering data by getting to know the individuals who make up the figures and learning how they cope with challenging circumstances.

Dr. Lisa Bersales declared on Friday that she will personally advocate for the right of Filipino families to a fair standard of living.

According to Bersales, “data and analytics will be used as the foundation for prioritizing, for concentrating, and for measuring successes.”

She stated that POPCOM will consider empirically informed decisions under her direction to decide where to begin and what to prioritize in accordance with the Philippine Population and Development Program (PPDV).

The PPDV encourages responsible parenting to have the desired number, timing, and spacing of children; assists young people in avoiding premarital sex, teenage pregnancies, early marriages, STDs, and other psycho-social issues; and contributes to policies, plans, and programs that will help the government achieve population growth and distribution that is consistent with economic activity and sustainable development.

Bersales stated that she will use her participation in international organizations to strengthen the commission’s international relationships in order to maintain her engagement in POPCOM’s exterior linkages.

At the University of the Philippines, where she served as dean and director of its Graduate Studies for the School of Statistics, Bersales was a professor and researcher. She left her job last year.

On January 13, Bersales was sworn in as the 13th POPCOM head and Undersecretary for Population and Development by National Economic and Development Authority Secretary Arsenio Balisacan. She stated her goal is to direct the commission in further fulfilling its mandate through ongoing programs on family planning and reproductive health, as well as adolescent health and development.

She was in charge of putting the 2013 Philippine Statistics Act into effect, creating the Philippine Statistics Authority in 2014.

She also led the Philippine Identification System working group that contributed ideas to the Philippine Identification System Act, which was passed in 2018, and actualized the Public-Private Partnership for the Civil Registration System Information Technology Project Phase 2 of the Philippines in 2016.


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