PMC began working in the Philippines in the early 2000s. The Philippines consist of 7,107 islands east of the Vietnam coast and has an annual population growth rate of 1.57 percent, which would result in a doubling of the population in 45 years if left unchanged.
PMC broadcast a radio serial drama, Sa Pagiskat Ng Araw (“The Hope After the Dawn”), in the Philippines, as well as conducting a PMC Workshop for a variety of organizations to equip them with information about an effective form of behavior change communications for addressing health and human rights issues. The workshops were successful and during the broadcast of Sa Pagiskat Ng Araw health centers saw a 70 percent increase in patients seeking services.
104,256,076 (July 2017)
(National Statistics Office of the Philippines)
The Philippine islands combine to be approximately the geographic size of Germany with a population of 105.7 million people. The Unmet need for family planning the Philippines is 22 percent, which means that if the need for family planning services in the Philippines was met, the contraceptive prevalence among married women would be approximately 69 percent (double the current rate). Pregnancy in the Philippines is far more dangerous than in the developed world. In the Philippines, women have a one in 320 chance of dying from pregnancy-related causes. In the developed world the ratio is one in 1,800.
Domestic violence is one of the challenges in the Philippines. One in four women has experienced physical or sexual violence after the age of 15. Twenty-nine percent of women who have ever been married have experienced some form of violence from her husband or partner.