News - PCPD Okays New Projects for 2015

Four new projects have been approved by PCPD’s Programs Committee.

These are the following, with their corresponding implementers:

-  Training of Teachers and Pilot Implementation of the Population and Development Education Teaching Modules in Selected Public Schools in Metro Manila, a project of the National Capital Region Office of the Commission on Population;

-   Park Avenue Initiative: Family-Centered and Peer Learning Approach in Promoting Responsible Parenthood and Reproductive Health Rights among Youth and Young Adults in Urban Poor Families in Pasay City, implemented by the Community and Family Services International;

-  Promoting Youth Participation in Adolescent Health Information and Service Utilization, initiated by the Baguio Center for Young Adults;

-  A Baseline Research on the Girl-Child of Migrant Families in Vulnerable Communities, which will be done by the Center for Migrants Concern of the Association of Major Religious Superiors of the Philippines; and

-  Locating the Indigenous Peoples Communities of Mindanao in the Throes of Migration and Human Trafficking: Profiles and Cases of IPs in Transition, a project by the Social Research Training and Development Office of the Ateneo de Davao and the Lumad Mindanao Peoples Federation.

The Popcom-NCR project integrates lessons in the POPDEVED Teaching Modules in the curriculum of public schools. Initially, teachers from Mandaluyong and Navotas and Popcom-NCR staff are trained on how to use the modules. They, in turn, will be tapped for roll-out training and replication in other public schools in Metro Manila.

Two of the projects target young people. The aim is to enable them to practice a healthy lifestyle and influence them to adopt health-seeking behaviors to lessen the cases of teenage pregnancy, HIV and sexually transmitted infection, substance abuse, and gender-based violence. The projects will also work with local health providers to encourage them to deliver youth-friendly services so more young people, especially those who are at-risk, to avail of them.

The other two projects look at patterns of migration, one of the three population processes. They will examine the interrelationship among migration, poverty, and human trafficking and their impacts on two vulnerable groups – the IPs and the girl-child.

The findings of the project directed at the girl-child, particularly, will be utilized to craft appropriate strategies for the CMC-AMRSP’s five-year program on migration.