ADOLESCENT HEALTH AND DEVELOPMENT (AHD)
The Adolescent Health and Development Program (AHD) is one of the key component programs of the Philippine Population Management Program (PPMP). The overall goal of the AHD Program is to contribute to prevent early and repeated pregnancy.
- Reduce by half the proportion of adolescents who have begun childbearing
- Reduce by half the proportion of repeat pregnancies.
As the government agency tasked to manage the AHD Program, the Commission on Population and Development (POPCOM) has the following strategies outlined in its Directional Plan:
- Comprehensive sexuality education (CSE) in schools and in alternative learning systems (communities) using interactive and peer-to-peer communication strategies.
- Setting-up of an effective information and delivery network (ISDN) among institutions.
- Setting-up of functional and sustainable teen centers in every city and municipality.
- Enabling parents, youth leaders, and other adult groups to effectively guide adolescents in forming responsible sexuality.
- Optimizing new information and communication technologies to reach out to adolescents in online and digital media (e.g. social media).
- Enabling LGUs, CSOs, and private sector to improve access of adolescents to appropriate reproductive health information and services.
- Developing and implementing local policies and programs to prevent exposure of adolescents to risky behaviors (e.g. drinking, smoking, and drug use).
Moreover, POPCOM works hand in hand with other stakeholders in linking demand generation and service delivery. With concerted efforts, necessary services and information which are crucial to the development of the total well-being of young people will be made available wherever they go— home, school, church and the community.
AHD Program Advisers:
- RD Magdalena G. Abellera, POPCOM CAR
- RD Reynaldo O. Wong, POPCOM Region IX
- RD Angelito S. Obcena, POPCOM Region IV
Lead Technical Staff:
- Mylene Mirasol C. Quiray, Information Officer IV
Support Technical Staff:
- Grace P. Dela Cruz, Information Officer III