Leyte Provincial Population Officer Melchora E. Cawile educates parents about their adolescents during the Learning Package on Parent Education on Adolescent Health and Development (LPPEAHD) class in Dulag, Leyte.
WITH the hope of contributing to the improvement and promotion of the total well-being of the Filipino adolescents, the Commission on Population (POPCOM) regional office in Eastern Visayas recently gathered 15 parents in Dulag, Leyte to a training on Learning Package on Parent Education on Adolescent Health and Development (LPPEAHD).
POPCOM-8 regional director Elnora R. Pulma said the training was aimed at equipping parents with necessary knowledge on adolescent sexuality and other health related concerns and the skills to communicate such concerns to their children.
“It also highlighted the role of parents as the primary source of accurate and sound information on adolescent health and development,” Pulma added.
POPCOM-8 had conducted several LPPEAHD trainings to parents in various parts of the region to help them provide the best type of guidance and advice to their adolescent children on matters pertaining to adolescent health and development, most specifically on human sexuality related issues.
According to Melanie C. Alberto, Information Officer II and Adolescent Health and Youth Development (AHYD) focal person, the LPPEAHD consisted five modules that recognize the importance of addressing the needs of adolescents in their various stages of development—physical, social, emotional and intellectual.
“Understanding their stages of development and their unique traits can help parents support their adolescents in becoming independent and responsible adults,” Alberto added.
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Youth participants from Palo, Leyte experience the U4U Teen Trail which serves as a promotion vehicle to introduce teens to online and mobile tools. A dynamic website named u4u.ph was also designed. It also set up an interactive voice response system (IVRS), a mobile platform that provides automated information to a mobile phone texter.
PALO, Leyte—Alarmed of the increasing incidence of teenage pregnancies in the Philippines, the Commission on Population (POPCOM) in Eastern Visayas will launch through a roadshow an educational caravan giving Filipino youth critical information on how to delay sexual debut, prevent teen pregnancy and avoid sexually transmitted infections (STI).
Called U4U Teen Trail, the program aims to deliver critical information to Filipino teens aged 10-19 to prevent teen pregnancy and reduce the prevalence of STI through online and mobile platforms.
POPCOM-8 Regional Director Elnora R. Pulma said the U4U will be part of the Department of Health (DOH) on Wheels: Kalusugan Pangkalahatan or KP Roadshow which aims to bring health care advocacies to every corner of the country by 2016.
The KP Roadshow will be held on July 1 at the the Schistosomiasis Research and Training Center in Palo, Leyte and on July 2 at the Tacloban City Convention Center in Tacloban City.
Pulma added that the U4U was first launched in Albay in January 2014, and following that successful event is to bring the initiative to various parts of the country with the hope to engage more young Filipinos to avail of adolescent-friendly services.
“It will focus on promoting public health while providing services and information to women and children, adolescents, fathers, and senior citizens of every community,” Pulma said.
The initiative comes as the country’s stakeholders work double time to achieve Millennium Development Goals 4 and 5—the reduction of child mortality and the improvement of maternal health in the Philippines.
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POPCOM-8 represented by Information Officer II Melanie C. Alberto (second from right) joined Save the Children and other development partners in opening youth-friendly spaces in several cities and towns in Leyte affected by Super typhoon "Yolanda." the project is part of Save the Children's Adolescent Sexuality and Reproductive Health in Emergencies (ASRHiE).
ADOLESCENCE is a time of transition. At this age, young people need special attention and sexual and reproductive health information and care that meet their needs. It is a time of unique risks and they need urgent sexual and reproductive health services.
In areas affected by natural disasters, the risks for adolescents are high. They are often forced to flee their homes, frequently leaving behind family and friends and the familiarity and stability of their former lives. The breakdown in health systems and services and support structures increases their vulnerability. As a result, displaced adolescents face a host of difficulties that affect their sexual and reproductive health.
To address this gap, the Commission on Population (POPCOM) regional office, through its Adolescent Health Youth Development Program (AHYD) has joined forces with international development partners in its full humanitarian response in areas affected by Super Typhoon Yolanda (international code name: Haiyan) that hit the region last November 8, 2013.
Melanie C. Alberto, POPCOM-8 Information Officer II and AHYD Program focal person said the stakes are highest for adolescent girls when aside from increased exposure to rape and sexual violence, young women who have been uprooted from their homes often face economic strains and may be forced to trade sex to meet their basic survival needs.
“These situations leave our adolescents and youth vulnerable to early pregnancy, sexually transmitted infections (STI) and psychological distress among other consequences,” Ms. Alberto added.
“As part of the urgent need to scale up services for adolescent sexual reproductive health, we joined Save the Children’s program called ASRHiE or Adolescent Sexual Reproductive Health in Emergency,” Ms. Alberto said.
She said ASRHiE aimed to consistently provide access to information, services and referrals with results demonstrating positive reproductive health outcomes for young people.
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