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SOURCE: Press and Public Affairs Bureau

10 March 2021 09:56:42 PM

Amid the rising cases of teenage pregnancies in the country, House Committee on Women and Gender Equality Chair Maria Lourdes Acosta-Alba on Wednesday underscored the need to fill in the gaps in existing policies by integrating comprehensive sexuality education in the academic curriculum to educate teenagers on healthy and responsible sexuality.

“Apparently kulang yung community-based education and information campaign, and even sa curriculum sa formal education. I think we really need to integrate that in our curriculum, ‘yung comprehensive sexuality education,” Acosta-Alba said during the weekly “Ugnayan sa Batasan” news forum.

She added: “I think our adolescents and teenagers should be made aware of how to be sexually healthy and responsible. They have to have a sexuality na safe, responsible and healthy and to really drum it up sa kanila, tungkol sa mga risky behaviors when you engage in early sex and how this will have a detrimental effect on their future.”

Acosta-Alba cited the importance of collective efforts of all institutions in dealing with the increase in teenage pregnancy cases in the country, which she described as an “alarming phenomenon.”

“That’s the reality, it’s really happening. We cannot turn a blind eye on this disturbing phenomenon. Dapat magtulungan tayo how we can all find ways to really deal with this and address this—in our schools, our homes. Bottomline is really changing our mindset,” she pointed out.

The lawmaker from the first district of Bukidnon province said parents must also be equipped in educating their children about sex.

“We need to also equip not only our teachers, but our parents kasi more or less sa culture natin taboo ang pag-discuss ng sex to our children,” she pointed out.

“That’s one thing that we have to hurdle, ‘yung ganyang mindset na it is ‘no, no’ to even talk about sex at home. But with the reality on the ground, with all the alarming statistics, we really need to do something.” #