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Tuesday, March 11, 2008

QC ordinance promotes Adolescent Health Education

Philippine Daily Inquirer
First Posted 01:27:00 03/11/2008

I AM writing to clarify some matters regarding the approved ordinance in Quezon City promoting a comprehensive population policy and reproductive health management. ("Reproductive health policy for QC not pro-abortion," Inquirer, 2/19/08)

The ordinance has amended the provision on the teaching of sex education. Its Sec. 7 takes into consideration the formation of the youth's positive moral and spiritual attitudes and beliefs with respect to sex, sexual identity, interpersonal relationships, affection, intimacy and gender roles.

This holistic approach has resulted in what is now called Adolescent Health Education which will be included in the public school curriculum. Adolescent Health Education will be taught in age-appropriate manner by adequately trained teachers, from first-year to fourth-year high school, under the competent supervision of the Division of City Schools. Private educational institutions, on their own initiative, may also include Adolescent Health Education in their respective curricula.

Adolescent Health Education covers topics such as reproductive health care and services; responsible parenthood; the attitudes, beliefs and values on sexual development, sexual behavior and sexual health in the context of positive and holistic moral and spiritual development; and the prevention, treatment and management of HIV/AIDS and other sexually transmitted diseases.--JOSEPH "SEP" JUICO, city councilor, District 1, Quezon City