Popcom warns youth on unsafe sex
By Rose B. Palacio
Davao City (5 December) -- Commission on Population (Popcom) XI Director Maduh Damsani said the youth sector must be warned on unsafe sex and its ill-effects on early pregnancies.
The POPCOM top official also warned of the evils of abortions and sexually-transmitted diseases.
In an interview over DXOW radio program "Tingog sa Masa" anchored by Boy Bilaan and the Philippine Information Agency (PIA), Director Damsani said that as part of the recent Popcom's weeklong celebration, the government's current advocacy is focus primarily on unsafe sex and responsible parenthood including the couple's choice on family planning.
Director Damsani said the loosening of social values and restraints have brought about new sexual relations and arrangements such as live-ins and pre-marital relations among males and females.
This has led to an alarming number of pregnancies among teenagers between 14 and 15 years old due to misinformation or lack of information based on the State of the Philippine Population Report.
Among married women, contraceptive use was found lowest in the 15-19 age bracket.
Prostituted women are prone to the problem, said Ana Calix of the Davao City-based Lawig Bubai, which takes care of prostituted women. Her group has recorded more than 4,000 unregistered women prostitutes, among them a nine-year old prostitute.
The State of the Philippine Population Report said youths from 15 to 24 years old account for 29 percent of all known cases of Human Immuno-deficiency Virus (HIV) and 62 percent of reported STD cases. (PIA) [top]