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Monday, September 21, 2015

POPCOM educates Ayala teens on adolescent health

By Dominic I. Sanchez

ZAMBOANGA CITY – In an effort to increase awareness on reproductive health, especially among curious adolescents, the Commission on Population (POPCOM) held a seminar for this purpose among students of Ayala National High School Thursday, September 17.

According to POPCOM’s information officer Cecil Abuy, it is necessary to “equip the youth with the correct information on reproductive health” to curb misinformation on the issue, which has caused the spread of teen pregnancies and sexually-transmitted diseases (STDs) among other adolescent health-related problems.

In a study by the University of the Philippines Population Institute, teens are said to consider their peers as the primary source of information on sex and adolescent health, and such information may be inaccurate, which lead to increase in cases of teen pregnancies, and others.

“It is for this reason that we should really educate the youth and provide them with the necessary information,” emphasized POPCOM regional director Reynaldo Wong in an earlier interview.

Director Wong had emphasized that based on recent studies, region 9 is one of the areas with high incidence for unprotected sex, and this makes people highly prone to STDs. The region ranks fourth in the incidence of teen pregnancies nationwide.

Ayala was chosen as the pilot area for the adolescent health seminar considering the high incidence of teen pregnancies there.

The POPCOM has been reaching out to the youth to inform them on adolescent health. “The youth now are very engaged in gadgets and in social media,” said Director Wong, hence, they are tapping new technology for their advocacies. “We have come up with information and education campaign (IEC) materials in multimedia,” he said.

However, Director Wong emphasized that “there is still no substitute for good parenting.”