The Provincial Population Office headed by Ms. Ananette B. Daniel in collaboration with the Commission on Population and Development, formerly known as Population Commission (POPCOM) Region 10 conducts orientation and organization meeting for the “Establishment of Information and Service Delivery Network (ISDN) on Adolescent Health and Development (AHD)” at Macapagal Training Center in Governor Arsenio A. Quibranza Provincial Government Center, Pigcarangan, Tubod on August 29, 2019.

Ms. Kasherette A. Amandac, Information Officer of POPCOM 10, discussed the Adolescent Health and Development Program by strengthening the Information and Service Delivery Network, and emphasized the important role of parents especially during the adolescent stage of their children.

The Information and Service Delivery Network is one of the important provisions of the Responsible Parenthood and Reproductive Health (RPRH) Act of 2012.

The establishment of ISDN as provided in the said law becomes an important strategy to address or solve issues/problems related to family planning and reproductive health, not only for married couples, but also to young people. The lifestyle, trends, behaviors, and thoughts of the young people in this digital age are, according to studies, exposing them to a number of risks.

Based on the Young Adolescent Fertility Study conducted by the University of the Philippines Population Institute in 2013, teenage pregnancy in Northern Mindanao has tripled in the past decade from 4.6% in 2002 to 13.3% in 2013 and 14.7% in 2017: that 2 out of 5 Filipino youth have already experienced pre-marital sex; and, 13 in 100 teenage females in Region 10 have already begun childbearing.

Data from the National Youth Commission likewise mentioned that among ASEAN nations, Philippines is the 4th highest in teen pregnancy and that, among ASEAN nations with high teenage pregnancy – Philippines is the only nation whose rate keeps on increasing year after year.

To address the issue, AHD Program was created and sets its goal to contribute to the improvement and promotion of the total well-being of young Filipinos ages 10-14, 15-19, and 20-24 through their sexual and reproductive health needs concern. The objectives of the program is to prevent or reduce the incidence of; teen pregnancies, early marriages, sexually transmitted infections (STIs) and HIV/AIDS, and the negative consequences of the foregoing on the overall growth and development of the young people.

For establishing the ISDN program, POPCOM 10 together with the concern offices of the Provincial Government of Lanao del Norte and other stakeholders like the Philippine National Police, Department of Education, and particularly the youth sector seeks to create an agreement for better implementation of the said program. PIO-LDN