RPRH Education for Adolescents
The State shall provide age- and development- appropriate responsible parenthood and reproductive health education to adolescents and school-age children.
This shall be taught by adequately trained teachers and educators in formal and non-formal educational systems.
Complete, accurate and relevant age and development- appropriate information on responsible parenthood and reproductive health, respectful of culture and religious convictions, shall be integrated in the school curriculum which shall include the following topics:
- Rights of the Child;
- Child Health and Nutrition;
- Child and Adolescent Development;
- Gender and Development;
- Life skills;
- Age-appropriate Sexuality Education;
- Population and development;
- Marriage and family;
- Prevention of STIs, including HIV, and
- Recognition and elimination of gender-based violence.
(RA 10354 Section 14 and IRR Rule 11, Section 11.02)
Who will be the lead agency in implementing the RPRH education for adolescents?
The Department of Education (DepEd) is mandated by the Law to formulate a curriculum including concepts and messages on reproductive health. The National Implementation Team (NIT) created a Technical Working Group for Comprehensive Sexuality Education (TWG on CSE) to support the DepEd in this endeavor. It is composed of DepEd as Chair, POPCOM as Secretariat, and DOH, DSWD, NYC, and CSOs as members.
What are other venues where RPRH Education can be integrated?
DepEd shall include RPRH education in the Teacher-Child-Parent (TCP) activities with the objective of ensuring that parents or guardians are likewise exposed to RPRH education.
(RA 10354 IRR Rule 11, Section 11.06)
What other services can be provided to in-school adolescents?
Private and public schools, as avenues for development, shall provide young people a supportive environment where they have access to the following services with regards to teenage problems, among others:
- Counseling and psycho-social support services;
- Facilities for information on prevention of risky behaviors, including addiction;
- Facilities for information on prevention and diagnosis and proper management/treatment of STIs; and
- Facilities for information and referral to service providers on all RPRH concerns.
(RA 10354 IRR Rule 11, Section 11.03)
Are other agencies also providing RPRH education for adolescents?
Several government agencies and CSOs have also initiated their own RPRH education for adolescents.
POPCOM in collaboration with LGUs conduct U4U teen trails and maintain teen
centers in school and communities; DOH provide counseling and services on adolescent sexuality and health; DSWD developed youth development sessions (YDS) for 4Ps beneficiaries, POPDEV education have been integrated in selected schools, NYC conducts various for a on sexuality and reproductive health for youth among others.
How will Responsible Parenthood and Reproductive Health education be funded?
The funds for the implementation of provisions on RPRH education shall be included in the annual budget of the DepEd, Commission on Higher Education (CHED), Technical Education and Skills Development Agency (TESDA), and other concerned agencies. (RA 10354 IRR Rule 9, Section 9.05)
What agency will monitor the implementation of the RPRH education?
DepEd is mandated to institute regular monitoring and reporting on the integration of RPRH education and information in the formal, non-formal, community-based education and indigenous learning systems. (RA 10354 IRR Rule 11, Section 11.02)