August 4, 1969: FPOP was born out of the merger of Family Planning Association of the Philippines and Planned Parenthood Movement in the Philippines. 1972 – 1980s: The Beginning of Youth Participation in Family Planning
In 1972, FPOP conceptualized its first youth program. It was named Youth Development Program and it focused on adolescent sexuality education for the out-of-school youth in the urban areas aged 15 to 25.
In 1974, FPOP held its First National Youth Leaders’ Consultative Workshop on Population and Family Planning where chapter youth leaders reported on their activities on the ground. It ended with the formulation of a Plan of Action for 1975-76.
1983 through the 1990s: The Development and Family Life Education for the Youth (DAFLEY) emerged as the new youth program. It came from two projects, the Adolescent Sexuality Education and Youth Development through Family Planning and Family Welfare.
2000 - 2008: Strengthening Youth Initiatives for Quality of Life
FPOP took a more active role by gearing its adolescent and youth program towards increasing involvement of adolescents and youth in addressing their sexual and reproductive health concerns. The objectives of the program during this period were: a) to increase adolescents’ and youths’ access to sexual and reproductive health information and services through holding information, education, and communication sessions; b) to increase youth participation in FPOP governance by recruiting more youth volunteers, forming and strengthening youth core groups in the chapters; and c) to strengthen partnership with local government units and other youth groups.
It was in 2003 when FPOP held its First National Youth Leaders Assembly, a convention of all youth representatives from the different chapters, wherein they elected their representatives to FPOP’s National Council, deliberated on fundamental issues of participation and adolescent sexual and reproductive health (ASRH), and proposed policies for adoption by the National Council.
In 2004, FPOP began providing sexual and reproductive health services to adolescents and youth, mainly through individual peer counselling and referral to partner organizations for support to peer counselling. In addition to the formation of youth core groups, youth centres began to be put up as well.
In 2005, youth programming shifted towards building the capacities of young people on participation in policy making and governance, and strengthening youth initiatives. In line with this objective, chapter youth representatives were trained on advocating for youth related local policies that include, among others, provision of teen space and allocation of budget for ASRH.
Moreover, from 2005 to 2008, through the EPIC and SUPERB projects, chapter youth leaders and volunteers were trained on advocating and mobilizing private sector support for the passage of local policies and programs on ASRH.
2011 to present: Protecting, Fulfilling and Promoting the Sexual Rights of Young People
FPOP began to increase and expand the provision of youth friendly SRH services in the clinics, and increase institutional commitment to the sexual rights of young people. Through the Yes4Yes project, which was implemented in 2009 to mid-2011, FPOP was able to deliver quality youth-friendly services (although not yet the full range of services) and establish a peer education program. This made FPOP known for providing youth friendly services.
FPOP was awarded another project in 2011 that aims to scale up the gains of Yes4Yes or scale up the provision of youth friendly services in the clinics, which was instrumental in pushing for comprehensive sexuality education for young people in the country. In 2013, another special
Also during this period when FPOP began addressing the sexual and reproductive health needs of young people in humanitarian emergencies as part of the MISP for RH, mobilizing the young people.