YAFS 4 Book and Regional Further Studies Launch
March 23, 2017
The word “complicated” nowadays is associated with relationship status as popularized in Facebook. Such word, however, can also describe the factors associated with the sexual behaviors of the young adults of this generation. The various regional studies undertaken by the Commission on Population through the University of the Philippines Population Institute (UPPI) and Demographic Research and Development Foundation (DRDF) using the data from the 2013 Young Adult Fertility and Sexuality Study revealed that millennials engage in early sex for variety of reasons. Access to internet and social media and new information technologies are among the most prominent factors that facilitates early sexual engagement among young people.
A communication campaign on the prevention of teen pregnancy was recognized for the second time by the Public Relations Society of the Philippines (PRSP) as one of the best communication programs in the country.
Dubbed as “U4U”, the campaign won five Gold Awards at the 52nd Anvil Awards. With initial funding from the United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA), “U4U” has become the flagship project of the Commission on Population (POPCOM) under its Adolescent Health and Youth Development (AHYD) program.
Last year, U4U was named the Grand Anvil winner, the highest recognition conferred on any communication campaign. This year, U4U received awards for demonstrating excellence in the scale up of a program and the use of various communication tools.
“Since its launch in 2014, U4U has attracted the support of local governments. 70 percent of U4U funding is now shouldered by local governments,” said POPCOM executive director Dr. Juan Antonio Perez.
UNFPA country representative Mr. Klaus Beck received the awards with POPCOM the Center for Health Solutions and Innovations Philippines, Inc, (CHSI), an implementing partner of UNFPA, and PageOne, a public relations agency that has been instrumental in bringing the messages of U4U through various online platforms.
U4U has reached over six million young people through engaging content in Facebook, Twitter, and YouTube. Nearly 100,000 teens have participated in interactive U4U Teen Trail events where participants learn about ways to prevent teen pregnancy and sexually transmitted infections.
“Indeed, U4U has exceeded our expectations. Yet, like an adolescent, U4U has many promising years ahead. We are working with our partners to make the U4U an essential component of the country’s comprehensive sexuality education program in secondary schools,” Beck said.
The Anvil Awards recognize communication programs that have delivered measurable impact. U4U won Gold Anvil trophies for the following categories: sustained communication program, program for indigenous people, use of social media, use of mobile media, and communication event.
The 52nd Anvil Awards recognized 80 companies and organizations for their exemplary work in communication.
National Women's Month
The Commission on Population (POPCOM) continues the struggle to uphold the rights of Filipino women through the resounding campaign to lift the Temporary Restraining Order (TRO) on family planning.
This year’s Women’s Month celebration revolves around the theme, WE Make Change Work for Women, grounded on women empowerment and equality manifested in the strengthening of the Magna Carta of Women.
The Magna Carta states that women should be given access to information and services, including Reproductive Health services. The June 2015 Supreme Court TRO prevented the Department of Health from distributing contraceptive implants, on grounds that these might cause abortion. At the same time, the Court also nullified the certification and re-certification process of the Food and Drug Administration due to alleged failure of the agency to follow due process.
“The impending absence of contraceptives, especially the cheaper ones, will affect maternal mortality in the country. When this happens, it will be a public health emergency,” POPCOM Executive Director Dr. Juan Antonio Perez said.
Fulfill the Promise of the RPRH Law, Lift the TRO
guarantees universal access to all methods of modern contraception, comprehensive sexuality education, and maternal and child care.
“Nagsaya ang mamamayan nang ideklara ng Korte Suprema na naaayon sa Konstitusyon ang RPRH [The Filipino people rejoiced when the Supreme Court declared RPRH ‘constitutional’],” the petition reads in part.
“Dahil sa TRO, naapektuhan ang mahigit 13.4 milyong kababaihan: binubuo ng 6.1-M gumagamit ng kotraseptibo at 7.3M nangangailangan ng family planning. [Because of the TRO, over 13.4 million Filipino women were affected.]