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To further reduce teenage pregnancies, increase education about sexuality.

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In order to maintain the benefits of the Responsible Parenthood and Reproductive Health Act of 2012, including the decline in adolescent pregnancies, Senator Sherwin Gatchalian on Thursday emphasized the necessity of enhancing sexuality education in the K–12 curriculum.

While there has been a decline in teenage pregnancies, Gatchalian said in a statement, “We must still assess how we teach our female youth to avoid being put in the dire situation of a teenage mother.”

Gatchalian made the comment after Maria Rosario Vergeire, the officer-in-charge of the Department of Health (DOH), revealed that the country’s adolescent birth rate is currently at 25 per 1,000 women, which is lower than the objective of 37 per 1,000 women for 2022.

Vergeire revealed this at a forum hosted by the Commission on Population and Development, the United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA), and the Philippine Legislators’ Committee on Population and Development (PLCPD) (POPCOM).

Gatchalian noted that teenage pregnancies “remain high” despite the decline.

The Senate Committee on Basic Education’s chair stated, “It is important to prevent an increase in teenage pregnancies, especially since young mothers typically fail to complete their education and deprive them of a bright future.” “Mahalagang mapigilan natin ang paglobo ng mga bilang ng maagang pagbubuntis sa mga kabataan,” she added.

Gatchalian previously introduced Senate Resolution No. 13, which aims to evaluate the thoroughness and efficacy of the Department of Education’s (DepEd) current Comprehensive Sexuality Education policy (CSE).

Gatchalian highlighted in the resolution that adolescent pregnancy is typically not the result of a conscious decision, but rather “a consequence of having little or no access to educational knowledge, or sexual and reproductive health care.”

According to him, the UNFPA has stated that “the integration and implementation of the CSE in the K–12 Curriculum has been delayed for a significant amount of time.”

According to him, this delay represents a significant missed opportunity to give young people non-judgmental, scientifically accurate, and age-appropriate information about sexual and reproductive health. This would close the knowledge gap and give them the life skills they need to make wise decisions about risky behaviors that could have an adverse effect on their health.

In order to assess the comprehensiveness of its scope and the effectiveness of its implementation, Gatchalian said it is urgently necessary to review the current CSE policy of DepEd. This will help to strengthen the CSE and integrate effective measures into the basic education system in addition to preventing teen pregnancy.

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