The Philippine Star
November 17, 2022 | 12:00am
MANILA, Philippines — Benjamin de Leon, a Filipino whose advocacy helped pave the best way for essential reforms and insurance policies on reproductive well being within the Philippines, was given a Lifetime Achievement Award in Household Planning and Reproductive Well being on the 2022 Worldwide Convention on Household Planning (ICFP) this week.
From 1992 to 1998, De Leon held the rank of undersecretary whereas performing as presidential assistant for social growth to former president Fidel Ramos.
Drawing from many years of expertise as a champion of household planning, he gave recommendation on how one can advance the reason for reproductive well being within the nation.
Jose Rimon II, director on the Invoice & Melinda Gates Institute for Inhabitants and Reproductive Well being and chair of the core organizing group for the sixth ICFP held in Pattaya, Thailand, stated that De Leon, “with (his) nationwide and worldwide expertise, (was) capable of depart behind historic legacies within the Philippines, together with taking part in a serious position in passing and implementing the landmark Accountable Parenthood and Reproductive Well being invoice within the Philippines in 2012 after languishing within the Congress for 14 years.”
Rimon, in a letter to De Leon, famous that “this groundbreaking legislation ensures common entry to just about all trendy contraceptives for all residents, together with impoverished communities, at authorities well being facilities. We’re honored to award you this recognition along with your beforehand awarded Presidential Medal of Benefit in ‘recognition of his distinguished and exemplary service rendered to the Republic of the Philippines.’”
Lifetime Achievement Award honorees are distinctive in that they’ve supplied exemplary management all through a good portion of their skilled lives and change into often called position fashions on account of their accomplishments in growing entry to household planning data, companies and/or provides.
De Leon earned his Bachelor and Grasp of Arts levels on the College of the Philippines in 1957 and 1961, respectively.
A social employee by career, he has devoted himself to social growth work, particularly within the area of inhabitants and household planning, since 1971.
He was deputy govt director and govt director of the Fee on Inhabitants and Growth (PopCom) from 1971 to 1980.
He was concerned within the implementation of inhabitants and household planning applications and initiatives in coordination with related authorities companies such because the Nationwide Financial and Growth Authority, the Division of Well being and NGOs.
One of many highlights of this system then was the Whole Built-in Growth Method which integrated household planning as a part of growth and contributed to the broader agenda of native governments.From 1980 to 1987, he was govt director of the Jakarta-based ASEAN Inhabitants Coordination Unit which was chargeable for coordinating the ASEAN Inhabitants Program.
He returned to the Philippines to change into chief of workers of former senator Leticia Shahani, for whom he helped draft laws on inhabitants, reproductive well being, household planning and gender rights and welfare.
From 1988 to 1989 he was the founding govt director of the Philippine Legislators Committee on Inhabitants and Growth (PLCPD).
With assist coming from UNFPA and UNICEF, PLCPD launched into a mission that oriented provincial governors, metropolis and municipal mayors on the significance of inhabitants and kids in growth applications.
From 1992 to 1998, Ramos appointed him as his presidential assistant for social growth.
Retiring from the federal government in 2004, De Leon based The Discussion board for Household Planning and Growth Inc. (The Discussion board) of which he’s president from its inception in 2004 thus far.
Throughout this time a invoice was launched in each Homes of Congress establishing a nationwide inhabitants coverage on accountable parenthood and reproductive well being.
This invoice met stiff resistance from the Catholic Church however members of civil society teams like The Discussion board stood to make sure its passage.
De Leon introduced his studying and insights to numerous nations and continents, attending the manager program for senior managers in authorities on the John F. Kennedy Faculty of Government, Harvard College in 1998 and the Management Communication Course on Reproductive Well being and Household Planning, Heart for Communications Program, Johns Hopkins College.
In 1998 he obtained the Presidential Medal of Benefit in “recognition of his distinguished and exemplary service rendered to the Republic of the Philippines” and in that very same yr was the Excellent Skilled Awardee within the area of Public Administration (Government Service), as acknowledged by the UP Alumni Affiliation.