The Commission on Population and Development (POPCOM)-MIMAROPA in collaboration with a team of scientists and medical practitioners from the Philippine Obstetrical and Gynecological Society (POGS) partnered with the Department of Education (DepEd)-MIMAROPA for the conduct of a regionwide capacity building for teachers and school health and guidance personnel dubbed “PREPARE: A Webinar on Adolescent Sexuality and Reproductive Health (ASRH) for DepEd MIMAROPA Educators” from August to September this year. This is the first time that a tripartite venture among these agencies happens to prepare a critical mass of MIMAROPA educators for priming adolescents all over the region.
The series of webinars aspires for the participants to demonstrate skills in discussing ASRH using scientific information. The activity also aims to enable teachers to engage the learners in objective and productive learning sessions about sexuality, gender sensitivity, and relationships. The implementation of the comprehensive sexuality education (CSE) standards in schools and thru alternative learning means and modalities is being supported by POPCOM MIMAROPA as mandated in the Philippine Development Plan 2017-2022 under the Adolescent Health and Development (AHD) program thrust.
“The increasing incidence of adolescent pregnancy is one of the multifaceted issues faced by teenagers that require a whole-of-society approach. That is why we have collaborated with relevant agencies to increase teachers’ objective awareness on sexuality and reproductive health,” POPCOM-MIMAROPA Regional Director Reynaldo O. Wong said.
POPCOM’s modules on Sexually Healthy and Personally Empowered Adolescents or SHAPE-A take centerstage during the webinar. A learning toolkit designed for facilitators of ASRH communication and capacity building initiatives, the SHAPE-A modules were presented by POPCOM MIMAROPA to the participants to exemplify how the sessions contained in the modules can be used to blend the Most Essential Learning Competencies (MELC) and the K-12 Curriculum Guide on Comprehensive Sexuality Education or CSE from Grades 4 to 12.
More importantly, doctors from POGS, a duly accredited Civil Society Organization (CSO) of POPCOM, supplemented the knowledge of the participants through PREPARE which stands for Preparatory Reproductive Health Education Priming young Adults for Responsible Engagement. This tried and tested material is being used by POGS as part of their advocacy to address teen pregnancy reduction in the Philippines by way of providing free seminars and lectures to interested parties.
The webinar which started on August 18-20, 2021 for Oriental Mindoro Schools Division participants has been scheduled in other Schools Divisions, to wit: September 1-3, Occidental Mindoro and Marinduque; September 7-9, Palawan and Calapan City; and September 21-23, Puerto Princesa City and Romblon. ###