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The first ever summit on family planning in the business sector will be held on November 15, 2012 at the Philippine International Convention Center (PICC), Manila. The one-day Manila Summit will be the first to be held after the successful holding last July 11 of the London Summit on Family Planning, where more than 150 leaders from donor and developing countries, international agencies, civil society, foundations and the private sector entered into commitments in support of voluntary family planning services.

The Manila Summit will gather captains of industry, chief executive officers and top management officials of private companies from all over the Philippines to present and share best practices, templates of business models on family planning and family health initiatives in the workplace, in workers’ communities, or as corporate social responsibility programs.

The commitments sought to provide access to family planning and family health services to an additional 120 million women and girls in the world’s poorest countries by the year 2020. According to the DOH, lack of access to family planning services and information is partly the reason why poor Filipino women continue to have more children than they intended.

The question is, how this Manila Summit on Family Planning will help the poor Filipino people? How will this summit affect the lives of every Filipino?