The Commission on Population-I (POPCOM-I) conducted a 4-day training on Adolescent Sexuality and Reproductive Health (ASRH) on September 24-27, 2018 at the La Jenns Hotel and Resto Grill, Bantay, Ilocos Sur.

The training was intended to equip the peer facilitators, academe personnel, and other stakeholders from the local government units who are handling the Teen Centers/Information Service Delivery Networks (ISDN) in their respective schools and communities with the necessary information and skills geared towards ensuring adolescent health and development in Region 1.

Mr. Percival V. Cendaña, Former National Youth Commissioner representing Luzon, Dr. Ivy I. Palma, Medical Doctor IV and the Youth Focal Person of the Department of Health-I, and Ms. Mary Ann C. Domondon, Nurse 1 and the Family Planning Coordinator of the City Population Office of San Fernando, La Union were the speakers on  ASRH Philippine Situationer, Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity and Expression (SOGIE),  and Adolescent Job Aid (AJA) which include Mental, Sexual, and Reproductive Health Concerns.

Other topics discussed which were presented by the POPCOM Regional staff were Self-Awareness, Fertility Awareness, Threats and Risks faced by the adolescents, Basic Life Skills, Peer Education, and Peer Helping. The training also included an information dissemination on the results of the Young Adult Fertility and Sexuality Study (YAFS) 4.

In addition, various learning activities were also used in order to enhance the capabilities of the participants and to facilitate their learning such as role-playing, picture collage making, and singing.

Five schools (Dagupan City National High School, Castor Z. Concepcion Memorial National High School, Don Mariano Marcos Memorial State University, La Union National High School, and Bacnotan National High School) and three local government units (Sto. Domingo, Ilocos Sur; Brgy. Poro, San Fernando City, La Union; and San Carlos City, Pangasinan) in the Region 1 participated in the training. A total of 84  participants attended the said activity.

Comm. Perci states that sexuality is not just about sex. “First, its about changing bodies, changing mindsets,” he emphasized.

“Sila ay mga kabataan na may kakayahang gumawa ng responsible decision  and responsible decision would require correct information and that is the job of the older generation,” he also added.

This endeavor is part of the Adolescent Health and Development (AHD) program of POPCOM which aims to provide adolescents and youth with appropriate information and life skills to enable them to cope with issues related to their sexual and full development into adulthood.  

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