DepEd urged to find gaps in Reproductive Health education, stop increase in teenage pregnancies

Robie de Guzman   •   April 8, 2021   •   527

MANILA, Philippines — Senator Sherwin Gatchalian on Thursday called on the Department of Education (DepEd) to urgently address the gaps in reproductive health education, especially amid the COVID-19 pandemic that threatens to increase the number of teenage mothers in the country.

In a statement, Gatchalian cited a March study by the Philippine Institute for Development Studies (PIDS) which showed the lack of adequate materials and accessible teacher training for the effective implementation of age and development-appropriate reproductive health education.

Reproductive health education is mandated under Republic Act 10354 or the Responsible Parenthood and Reproductive Health Act of 2012.

Gatchalian who chairs the Senate Committee on Basic Education, Arts and Culture also noted a recent report citing the Commission on Population and Development (POPCOM) which revealed that the number of teenage pregnancies in the Cordilleras recently spiked by 46.43 percent.

The senator warned that existing lockdown measures could “exacerbate the surge of teenage pregnancy in the country.”

“Lalo nating dapat paigtingin ang pagtugon sa mga kakulangang ito, lalo na’t ang pagdami ng mga batang ina ay isa sa mga nakita nating epekto ng pandemya,” Gatchalian said.

DepEd had issued DO 31 s. 2018 to guide the delivery of comprehensive sexuality education (CSE).

However, the PIDS study pointed out that when it comes to reproductive health education, “there is an apparent lack of qualified manpower, facilities, training, instructional materials, coordination, and monitoring system.”

The PIDS’ focus group discussions with teachers of different subject groups also revealed that training on CSE curriculum integration was inadequate and inaccessible.

While most of the provisions of the law have been complied with, the state think tank stressed there is still a need for strengthened programs to realize the goals of the law.

“Bagama’t ilang taon na ang lumipas simula nang magkaroon tayo ng batas sa Reproductive Health Law at magkaroon ng polisiya ang DepEd sa usapin ng CSE, may mga kakulangan pa rin tayong nakikita tulad ng sapat na teacher trainings at learning materials upang maging mas mabisa ang pagtuturo ng Comprehensive Sexual Education sa ating mga paaralan,” Gatchalian said.

Data from the Philippine Statistics Authority (PSA) revealed that in 2020, there were 2,422 babies born to teenage parents in the Cordilleras from 1,654 in 2019.

On a national scale, pregnancies among minors aged 15 and below were up by 7 percent in 2019 compared to the previous year.

DepEd encourages eligible personnel to register for COVID-19 vaccination

Aileen Cerrudo   •   April 22, 2021

MANILA, Philippines — The Department of Education (DepEd) is encouraging its eligible personnel to register and get vaccinated for the coronavirus disease (COVID-19).

This,  after the Inter-Agency Task Force for the Management of Emerging Infectious Diseases (IATF-MEID) approved the inclusion of education frontliners to the higher priority groups from category B1 to A4.

In a statement, Secretary Leonor Briones hopes to start vaccinating the rest of DepEd’s teaching and non-teaching personnel by June 2021 as part of the A4 priority list.

“We would like to encourage all of our personnel to coordinate with their local government units so they can be vaccinated against COVID-19. This will play a huge role in our bid for our learners’ return to school,” she said.

Vaccine recipients are also requested to note their vaccination details, including the registration and the vaccination card for documentation and monitoring purposes within DepEd.

Meanwhile, Briones also advised DepEd personnel to rely on credible and official sources such as the Department of Health (DOH) and LGU websites and social media accounts for accurate information about the COVID-19 pandemic, vaccines, and vaccination program.

“I am encouraging everyone to be proactive in learning about the vaccine and the vaccination program, and to make an informed choice about the matter,” she said. AAC

More than 790K teachers to be vaccinated vs COVID-19 in June — DepEd

Aileen Cerrudo   •   April 19, 2021

MANILA, Philippines — The Department of Education (DepEd) said teachers get to have their turn to be vaccinated against the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) in June.

DepEd Secretary Leonor Briones reported that more than 790,000 public school teachers and personnel are set to receive the vaccination in June to protect teachers during school enrollment.

Siguro, mga June ito mag-umpisa. By that time, mag-start na ang enrollment, marami nang activities sa mga eskuwelahan. Kailangan protektado ang mga teacher (It might start around June because, by that time, enrollment and other activities will begin. We need to protect our teachers),” she said.

Briones said teachers and other education personnel will no longer need to register since the department already have a list for the vaccination program for education frontliners.

The Inter-Agency Task Force on Emerging Infectious Diseases (IATF-EID) has previously approved the recommendation of DepEd to include education frontliners in the government’s A4 COVID-19 vaccination priority list from the B1 cluster. AAC 

DepEd welcomes IATF decision to include education frontliners in A4 priority vaccination group

Aileen Cerrudo   •   April 16, 2021

MANILA, Philippines — The Department of Education (DepEd) expressed its gratitude to the Inter-Agency Task Force for the Management of Emerging Infectious Diseases (IATF-EID) for including education frontliners in the A4 priority vaccination group.

In a statement on Friday (April 16), DepEd Secretary Leonor Briones is thankful to the IATF for approving their recommendation to include teachers and other education frontliners.

“As reiterated by the President, vaccination is a key component of any roadmap to the resumption of face-to-face classes. With the adjustment of vaccine prioritization (from B1 to A4) for basic education frontliners, we can speed up the rollout of vaccines among our teachers and non-teaching staff,” DepEd said.

DepEd also reiterated its commitment to continuously protect the health and safety of teachers, learners and non-teaching personnel, and prioritize their welfare at this critical time. AAC

REACH US

The Philippine Broadcast Hub

UNTV, 915 Barangay Philam,

EDSA, Quezon City M.M. 1104

(+632) 8396-8688 (Tel)

info@untv-newsandrescue.com (General inquiries)

ABOUT UNTV

UNTV is a major TV broadcast network with 24-hour programming. An Ultra High Frequency station with strong brand content that appeal to everyone, UNTV is one of the most trusted and successful Philippine networks that guarantees wholesome and quality viewing experience.