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Philippines to launch sex education program in public schools

On Tuesday, Philippine officials said the country's public schools will start including basic sex education in their curricula, against objections from Catholic leaders who claim the program could encourage sexual activity among Filipino youth, the AP/Yahoo News  reports. The Adolescent Reproductive Health pilot program will include 80 elementary and 79 high schools, beginning with fifth grade students ages 11 and 12, Assistant Education Secretary Teresita Inciong said. The program -- which is funded by the United Nations Population Fund -- will not include information about contraceptives because of opposition from parents, Inciong said. The classes will focus on physical hygiene, puberty, heterosexual relationships and how to object to inappropriate behavior by older adults that could progress to sexual exploitation or molestation.

Sex often is a taboo subject in the predominately Catholic Philippines, Inciong said, adding, "It will be better if the schools teach sex education rather than children just picking this up from just anywhere, like the Internet."

The program has drawn opposition from the Catholic Church, which earlier this year opposed the government's distribution of no-cost condoms because of concerns about encouraging promiscuity. Monsignor Pedor Qitorio, a spokesperson for the Catholic Bishops' Conference of the Philippines, said the church believes sex education should come from parents or be taught in college (Teves, AP/Yahoo! News, 6/1).

From: National Partnership for Women & Families, June 4, 2010

DOH to distribute DOST mosquito trap to dengue hot spot areas in South Cotabato

Koronadal City – The Department of Science and Technology (DOST) and the South Cotabato Provincial Health Office, the Department of Health (DOH) local counterpart, will distribute some 2500 Mosquito Ovicidal/Larvicidal Trap or the OL Trap to various identified dengue hot spot areas here.

Provincial Health Officer (PHO) Rogelio Artudido said OL Trap is a simple device that helps reduce the number of the dengue-carrying female Aedes aegypti mosquitoes by attracting mosquitoes and killing their eggs trapped in the kit.  Artudido said every LGU should help DOST and DOH in spreading the importance of the mosquito-trap technology.  PHO chief explained that there are many components of the kit, namely ordinary black tumbler, a strip of lawanit board measuring 1 x 6.5 x 0.5 inches, and natural pellets. The pellets attract the Aedes aegypti mosquito to lay its eggs into the rough part of the lawanit strip drenched with the natural solution. The solution then kills the eggs and larvae.

The pellets are made of herbal plants developed by DOST and will be distributed along with the OL Traps to dengue-infested towns and cities that were identified by the DOH.  Aturdidio, however, urges communities to participate and support the project because OL Trap needs a thorough cooperation from the recipients because the solution is only good for 7-10 days.

“If we do not cooperate, we are giving a perfect breeding place for mosquitoes to lay their eggs”, Aturdido warned the public.

In Koronadal, City Health Office has already received their OL Traps which have been distributed to three barangays.  As planned, DOST and DOH will showcase the OL Trap this August in South Cotabato.  Artudido added that LGUs are encouraged to localize the campaign to completely eradicate dengue.  The OL-pellet is not yet commercially available. DOST’s Industrial Technology Development Institute, the one producing the OL-pellet, is still working out for the commercialization of the said product, a source said. – Annaliz Cabrido, PIO

Posted on: August 25, 2011

DOH launched Health Fiesta Caravan

The Department of Health (DOH) launched last March 3, 2011 in Capas, Tarlac a health fiesta caravan dubbed "Lakbay Buhay Kalusugan" (LBK). It's a customized mobile health clinic that will bring health services, education, and entertainment to Filipino families, especially those in rural areas, in a more engaging and memorable way.

Some 1,500 Aetas from the Ayta Mag-Antsi and Abelling tribes in Bgy. Sta. Juliana in Capas near Mt. Pinatubo have availed of maternal health services such as prenatal checkup and counseling. Two thousand residents from other barangays were also invited to the 2-day affair, which also featured videoke singing, games, storytelling sessions, and interactive exhibit in a fiesta setting.  The DOH chose to take the fun route in promoting health through LBK. LBK underscores the message “Walang Iwanan sa Biyaheng Kalusugan” (No One Left Behind in the Journey to Health), which supports government initiatives to provide Filipinos access to health services.

The LBK health fiesta caravan is scheduled to visit 10 provinces this 2011. Aside from Tarlac, other destinations are Pangasinan, Nueva Ecija, Bohol, Negros Occidental, Bukidnon, Davao del Sur, Compostela Valley, South Cotabato, and Maguindanao.

The DOH partnered with the US Agency for International Development (USAID) in bringing the LBK project to fruition. Partners from the private sector include Victory Liner Inc. (which donated the bus through its Doña Marta T. Hernandez Foundation), Melawares, Philippine Daily Inquirer, Air21, OMF Literature, Green Cross, Dakila-Philippine Collective for Modern Heroism, Center for Community Journalism and Development, Manila Broadcasting Company, UNTV, Philippine Press Institute, and the Alliance of Young Nurse Leaders and Advocates International, Inc.

Posted on: April 02, 2011 - 10:36:49 PM

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