Neil Fidelle Lomibao

Neil Fidelle Lomibao - 2019 Nominee
Position: Chairperson
Organization: UN Youth Advisory Board
Graduate Degree from Asian Institute of Management/Master of Science in Innovation and Business
Additional Degrees and Certifications:
Bachelor of Science in Pharmacy, University of the Philippines
Innovation Management Level 1: Innovation Associate, Global Innovation Management Institute
Innovation Management Level 2: Innovation Master, Global Innovation Management Institute
75 Public Votes Reached!
Neil is a recognized youth leader in the Philippines and around the world. He is the Chairperson of the UN Youth Advisory Board and one of the 25x25 young leaders of the ICPD. He is in the advocacy since he was 15 y.o. doing policy work with the UN. – Nominator
Describe your contributions to and achievements in family planning.

I was part of the youth consortium for reproductive health that consulted, drafted, and lobbied the passage of the Reproductive Health Law in the Philippines last 2013. Up until now, I am occasionally invited to attend meetings of the National Implementation Team of the RH Law in the country. We also developed the UNFPA Country Programme that incorporates the national plan of action to address reproductive health issues in the country from 2009 to 2014 as part of the UNFPA Youth Advisory Panel.

Currently, I am part of the team who led the creation of the Philippines-UN Partnership Framework for Sustainable Development which specifically addresses the issue of maternal, infant, and child mortality in the Philippines to achieve the UN SDGs in partnership with the Philippine Government.

What sparked your passion for family planning?

I grew up in a very conservative family and school without any knowledge about family planning, sex, contraceptives, etc.. I was even taught that a baby goes out from the navel and people can make babies by just kissing. And I realized, when I got into the UNFPA Youth Advisory Panel, when I was 15 that this was not right. That people are making mistakes because they are like me who were not educated the right way. Thus, I continue this to make sure that everyone will make informed choices.

Give one or two examples of how you display leadership in your family planning work.:

When a decision is to be made, I always make sure to consult everyone before deciding and explain everything once a decision is made. I want to be inclusive to make sure that every voice will be heard. I know that sometimes, I need to take sides especially when there are opposing ideas, but I need to be impartial and instead choose the side where the group, and it's intended constituents, will get the most benefits strategically.

If you are named a winner of 120 under 40, how will you use this new platform and the $1000 grant to advance your work? :

I will be part of the drafting committee of the Vision 2044 for the ICPD this coming November in Nairobi. And once I will be named a winner of the 120 Under 40, I will use this platform and the $1000 to go to far flung areas of my country, especially those who are living in the mountains, war-torn areas, indigenous people, and other marginalized groups to hear their voices, bring it to Nairobi, and put into paper and vision what they truly need so that I will make sure to leave no one behind.

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