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Feature: Teens more focused on adolescent issues

Davao City (4 October) -- Teenagers are more focused this time as revealed in a study where high school students of Davao City wanted to know and discuss more about adolescent issues and how to confront.

Davao City councilor April Marie Dayap initiated a "campus tour", a study among high school students on their knowledge and perception about abortion, premarital sex and teen pregnancies.

The study revealed that (abortion, premarital sex and teen pregnancies) topped the list of topics that high school students wanted to explore at length for possible discussion.

During the sessions on adolescent reproductive health, high school female students inquire more than males but both want to hear and learn more about the top three issues.

Aisa Usop, chief of staff of Dayap initiated the campus visitation program in both public and private high schools in the city.

She said female students fielded more questions than males during lectures facilitated by young counselors trained by the City Health Office.

Usop said 25 students were selected from each year level or a total of 100 participants per school.

"The participants were getting more attentive and serious compared to their counterparts five years ago when topics on RH were discussed," she said.

"There were still giggles and teasing during these sessions but there were more subdued compared to those who attended sessions several years ago," she added.

Usop noted that the growing number of females asking more questions about sex may indicate their growing concern on the consequence of their physical well-being when they engage in premarital sex, early marriage and teen pregnancies.

Dayap meanwhile said that the campus tour would bring educational information about pressing issues among the youth for them to be aware and inculcate to them proper actions and behavior.

The program started last August 22 covering 30 public and private high schools in the three districts of the city.

The "campus tour" went as far as the hinterland schools in Paquibato, Marilog and Toril including the schools along the boundary villages of Buda.

Dayap said after touching on the adolescent reproductive health, the next campus tour will be on illegal drug use and cigarette smoking which will also be conducted in the 30 schools and will be carried out for the months of October and November this year.

The activity she said will be coordinated with the Anti-Drug Abuse Council. (PIA-XI/PD Banzon) [top]

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