ZAMBOANGA CITY, July 18 (PIA) - Parents should be the children's main source of information about sex, a reproductive health official here urged.
Ralph Ruivivar, assistant regional director of the Commission on Population (POPCOM) here said incidents of unwanted pregnancies and wrong notions about sexuality are borne out of children's unaddressed needs for accurate information.
"What happens is the kids mostly get information about sex from their peers, who apparently have inaccurate information themselves," Ruivivar said. When young girls get pregnant, they get scared, and the result are young mothers, abortion and abandonment of the infant, he explained.
According to the National Demographic and Health Survey (NDHS), half of the Filipina population are of reproductive age, and a majority of this number are young girls. On the other hand, the Young Adult Fertility Survey (YAFS) reveals that one-third of teenagers are already sexually-active, who did not use any form of contraception during the first sexual intercourse. POPCOM is concerned over the statistics and pushes for full implementation of the Comprehensive Sexuality Education (CSE) in schools.
"Many sectors oppose the CSE, but CSE instructions are age-appropriate, and this is very helpful to properly educate the children about sex and to avoid the consequences of wrong sexual information," Ruivivar said.
July 11 is World Population Day, and government advocacies center around ensuring reproductive health and informed choices on family planning to avert overpopulation. The Philippine population is estimated at 108 million, being the 13th most populous country in the world. (ALT/DIS/PIA9-Zamboanga City)