DepEd to im­ple­ment ‘com­pre­hen­sive sex ed­u­ca­tion’ in 2019

Palawan News - - POLICE REPORT - By Aira Ge­nea Mag­dayao Re­porter

The Depart­ment of Ed­u­ca­tion (DepEd) in Palawan will im­ple­ment the “com­pre­hen­sive sex­u­al­ity ed­u­ca­tion” in the 2019 school year to ad­dress ado­les­cent preg­nancy.

Grace Este­fano, DepEd ed­u­ca­tion pro­gram spe­cial­ist and in­for­ma­tion of­fi­cer, said Mon­day the cur­ricu­lum in­tends to deal with the proper so­cial­iz­ing of stu­dents and ad­dress­ing teen preg­nancy.

Este­fano said in the MIMAROPA, teen preg­nancy recorded 3,000 cases in 2017.

She said it will be im­ple­mented in the sec­ondary level, de­pend­ing on the ca­pac­ity of stu­dents, and will be in­te­grated into re­lated school sub­jects.

“In­te­grated s’ya sa ibang mga sub­ject pero de­pende kung anong level sila. Hindi lang sek­swal­i­dad ang na­pa­paloob dito kundi iba-ibang as­peto na da­pat matu­tu­nan para mag­ing maayos ang ka­bataan,” Este­fano pointed out.

Sex­u­al­ity ed­u­ca­tion aims to ed­u­cate the stu­dents be­tween the age range 10 to 19 years old, she said.

On July 13, DepEd has is­sued Mem­o­ran­dum Or­der No. 31, se­ries of 2018, set­ting guide­lines to form com­pre­hen­sive sex­u­al­ity ed­u­ca­tion.

Ear­lier, Dr. Mathew Me­drano, med­i­cal of­fi­cer III of the Depart­ment of Health in MIMAROPA, said teenage preg­nancy is one of the prob­lems in Palawan.

As a part of Re­spon­si­ble Par­ent­hood and Re­pro­duc­tive Health (RPRH) law, he said DepEd has de­vel­oped the “com­pre­hen­sive sex­u­al­ity ed­u­ca­tion” to teach stu­dents.

“Alam ko na matunog ngayon ang teenage preg­nancy, at isa sa part ng RPRH ay ‘yong sa DepEd na mag-de­velop ng com­pre­hen­sive sex­u­al­ity ed­u­ca­tion. Kaya ma­g­a­nda na makakat­u­long na natin ang at­ing mga guro sa pag­tu­turo nito but ‘ yong ed­u­ca­tion nila ay da­pat age and de­vel­op­ment ap­pro­pri­ate. So, ma­g­a­nda itong de­vel­op­ment with re­gards to re­pro­duc­tive health,” Me­drano said.

On July 13, DepEd has is­sued Mem­o­ran­dum Or­der No. 31, se­ries of 2018, set­ting guide­lines to form com­pre­hen­sive sex­u­al­ity ed­u­ca­tion.

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