The successful launching of the first Information and Service Delivery Network (ISDN) for Adolescent Health and Development (AHD) in Tabaco City last February 14, 2017 at Tabaco National High School was made possible by the strong multi-sectoral collaboration of the LGU, government and non-government sectors, the media, academe and faith-based organizations. In the photo are the ISDN members headed by POPCOM-V Dir. Magdalena G. Abellera (4th from left, back row) and Hon. Krisel Lagman-Luistro of Tabaco City (8th from left) and Hon. Councilor Sheina C. Honrubia (7th from left) after the signing of the ISDN agreement.
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Unlike the usual camp where the youth-participants enjoy a wide variety of outdoor activities such as hiking, swimming, and campfires, the participants in the Regional Youth Camp/PHE & ASRH Film Making Workshop experienced otherwise. RPO-V seized the opportunity of having the twenty two coaches and forty four students from the six provinces to provide them with other relevant information aside from PHE & ASRH. The group also had the chance to show off their talents through creative presentations during the first day.
Mr. Adrian B. Aguilar, Chair of the Communications Department, Bicol University College of Arts and Letters facilitated the workshop on film making. As a background, he shared the history of film making, with sample videos of the earliest movies produced. Then elaborated on the stages of film making namely, pre-production (scripting, raising funds and planning), production (shooting the film), and post production (editing, grading and visual effects). After the lecture, the participants were given the chance to shoot their own short films, making use of the available resources and locations.
The activity was graced by the presence of the Assistant Regional Director of DepEd, Mr. Tolentino Aquino. He made mention of POPCOM and DepEd 's partnership in the implementation of programs that aim to promote the total well-being of young people. In closing, he reminded the young people that "It is ok to be in love but be in control".
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October 10, 2016
The struggle for the full and unrestrained implementation of the Responsible Parenthood and Reproductive Health Law of 2012 (RA 10354) has reached a crucial level today as the Department of Health contests the recent Supreme Court decision of August 24, 2016 by filing a motion for reconsideration before the highest court. The SC decision, if uncontested, could put to a halt the most effective methods of the Family Planning program which is being implemented by the DOH and the Commission on Population (POPCOM) through local government units and civil society nationwide and lead to increased mortality and morbidity among women and infants.
“If carried out, the SC decision could result in over 900 additional maternal deaths every year arising from almost 1 million unintended pregnancies that could have been addressed by the full implementation of the Family Planning Program,” POPCOM Executive Director Juan Antonio Perez III asserted. “This would mean a 30% rise in maternal deaths in the country,” Dr Perez said.
Although the RH Law was passed in 2012 and its IRR approved in March 2013, there have been restraints through TROs on its implementation for 28 months in the last 3 and a half years.
President Rodrigo Duterte called for the full implementation of the law in his SONA as late as last July. The DOH’s National Implementation Team (NIT) for the RH Law headed by former Secretary Esperanza Cabral had recommended an Executive Order that would accelerate the implementation of the law through community-based, house to house campaigns to reach out to the 4 million women and men who wanted to avail of the program.
“Those who opposed the law in the legislative arena are now trying to reverse the judgment of history through backdoor judicial dilatory tactics, but the millions of Filipinos who stand to benefit from the law will surely bring all of this to an end. The inevitable deaths of hundreds of women and unborn infants will surely haunt those who want to undo an essential public health program,” Dr. Perez stated.
The Commission on Population has headed the Secretariat of the RH Law National Implementation Team (NIT) since January, 2015. In its annual reports, the NIT has noted the steady progress of the law’s implementation as the number of women and men using modern family planning methods have increased from 38% in 2013 to 43% in 2015. However, the TRO on the popular progesterone subdermal implant (PSI) since June 2015 has hampered the further expansion of the family planning program.
The Supreme Court has also stopped the re-registration of current contraceptive methods approved by the Food and Drug Authority (FDA) since June, 2015. This has led to the withdrawal from the market (and family planning program) of 14 out of 48 registered contraceptives in the country. New contraceptives are also effectively barred by the SC TRO.
“By the end of 2017, more than half of the contraceptives will lose their registration and Filipino consumers will be faced with more expensive products while the government will also be limited in the choice of methods to procure. This is certainly a far cry from the expectations of the people in 2012 when the law was approved by the people’s legislators,” Dr. Perez stressed.
The Commission on Population called on the Supreme Court to reverse its decision and lift the TRO and allow the unrestrained implementation of RA 10354.
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World Population Day is celebrated every July 11 of each year. It is a global observance authorized by the United Nations since 1989. The celebration aims to increase people’s awareness on various population-related issues such as family planning, adolescent health, gender equality, education, environment, employment, and poverty.
For 2016, the theme is “Investing in Teenage Girls”. It highlights the importance of prioritizing programs that promote young girls’ education, health, and employment for national development. Teenage girls around the world face greater challenges than their male counterparts. In developing countries, almost 20 million girls between ages 15 to 19 give birth each day, and ten percent of girls who had sex before age 15 said it was coerced. Suicide and complications of pregnancy and childbirth are the leading causes of death among girls between the ages of 15 and 19. “Every teenage girl has the right to a safe and successful transition into adulthood and the right to embrace the opportunities that the future holds for them”. (UNFPA)
It has been a practice of the entire Commission to hold a month-long celebration of the WPD. As a kickoff activity, POPCOM Region-5 will hold a motorcade on July 11, 2016 at 6:30AM around Legazpi City and Daraga. A short program will follow at 8:00 to 9:30 AM at the Activity Center of Embarcadero de Legazpi. Partner agencies, youth groups, population program officers, and the media will be invited to the event.
A summit on teenage pregnancy will also be conducted on July 18 in partnership with Legazpi City Health Office. One hundred (100) teen mothers from the different barangays of Legazpi will be invited to the event. Resource persons from the Department of Health and Legazpi City Health Office will discuss about teen pregnancy, access to health services, and the importance of facility-based delivery. The National Nutrition Council, TESDA, Legazpi City Population and Nutrition Office, Department of Education Education-ALS, and the Philippine National Police, will be requested to set-up booths where the young mothers can receive information about child rearing, nutrition, livelihood skills, alternative learning, and the laws on violence against women.
Also, part of the month-long celebration is the conduct of a youth camp and film making workshop on July 6-7, 2016 at La Edley Resort where seventy two (72) Grades 9, 10, and 11 students and their coaches from the thirteen (13) divisions attended.
Local Government Units, Academe, Media, Civil Society Organizations (CSOs), National Government Agencies (NGAs), and Non-Government Organizations (NGOs) are encouraged to support the celebration by hanging streamers, conducting activities relative to the theme, or highlighting the message of investing in adolescent girls in their agency’s activities.
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