The Commission on Population and Development (POPCOM) launched the Search for Outstanding Population Officers, Workers and Structures to recognize the outstanding and significant performances and contributions of the Population Officers, Workers and Structures in promoting and implementing the population management program in their localities.

Established in 1989, the search is part of the 2019 Kaunlarang Pantao Award, formerly known as Rafael M. Salas Population and Development Award (RMSPDA), continuing the legacy of Rafael M. Salas as the first head of the United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA).
The Award aims to recognize the outstanding performances and contributions of these program implementers as an institution and as individuals. Being the program’s implementing arms at the community level, they have provided significant milestones in attaining the goals and objectives of the population management program in their respective areas. As such, their efforts and initiatives are worth recognizing and promoting to continuously foster their dedication and determination in empowering the Filipino families.

The Award shall have two major categories: Local Population Officers and Workers and Local Population Office. Under the category of search for outstanding Local Population Officers and Workers, there will be four specific awards: Most Outstanding Provincial Population Officer, Most Outstanding City Population Officer, Most Outstanding Municipal Population Officer; and Most Outstanding Barangay Population Volunteers/Workers. The nominees will be evaluated through their degree or significance of contribution to the implementation of the local population management program, commitment to the population program, performance as population officer/worker, integrity and professionalism, and leadership.

On the other hand, the search for Local Population Office will have three specific awards for this category: Most Outstanding Provincial Population Office; Most Outstanding City Population Office; and Most Outstanding Municipal Population Office. The nominees will be evaluated through: (1) the local population management program outcomes such as percentage increase in modern contraceptive prevalence rate from 2016-2018, percentage decrease in the proportion of births among adolescents from 2016-2018, and established demographic database; (2) leadership in population; and (3) sustainability of the local population program.

A Regional Search and Award Committee is formed by POPCOM Regional Office to determine the regional entry for the national level. Screening, evaluation and validation of local entries shall be conducted from July 31-September 14, 2019. National winners shall be awarded with cash prizes and plaques of recognition during the Population and Development (PopDev) Week celebration in November this year.