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Based on the 2013 Young Adult Fertility and Sexuality (YAFS) study, young people in Metro Manila are the highest consumers of pornographic materials among all regions in the country.
According to the study, eight of ten youth have been exposed to pornographic print and video materials, and four out of ten have visited websites with sexually-explicit contents. Likewise, boys are more prone into subscribing to pornographic materials than girls.
A further analysis of the YAFS data showed that males are twice more likely to engage in early sex than those who had no exposure to pornographic materials. Young females are only 2.24 times more likely to engage in early sex once exposed to pornography as compared to those who have not been exposed to such.
The study also revealed that 28 percent of youth (18-24 years old), have engaged in sex before the age of 18 and a similar proportion have also been exposed to pornographic printed materials and videos prior to their first sex.
The further analysis also revealed that exposure to pornographic materials, particularly to x-rated videos, is facilitative of early first sex for both males and females. However, the youth’s main activity, socio-economic status, religion, ethnicity and peer pressure with regards to sexual activity did not emerge as significant predictors of early first sex.
This further study gave emphasis on education as a crucial factor in preventing early sexual activity, particularly among females. It also emphasized the important role of media in forming the sexual behaviors of young people in the region and reinforced the need to optimize the media for positively communicating and reaching-out to young people.
To prevent these occurrences among the youth, the study recommended the full implementation of comprehensive sexuality education in schools, equipping of necessary skills in processing sexual information and coming up with communication strategies that promote responsible sexuality among the young people. ###(POPCOM-NCR, Dissemination Forum, May 3, 2016)
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Dheniel V. Pontiga of Rizal High School in Pasig City emerged as the Champion in the recently concluded National Population Quiz 2016 held at Anchors Hotel in General Santos City. He brought back the national award to Metro Manila after more than a decade since it last won in this prestigious competition and the first for the Division of City Schools of Pasig to win the title in the national level.
Pontiga bested the 17 other regional contestants from all over the Philippines after dominating the average and difficult rounds, garnering an accumulated score of 31 points out of the total score of 41. Coming in second place was Kaynille Denisse Zera from Negros Island Region and Ambon Torribio from Region IX in third place.
POPCOM-NCR Regional Director said that the PopQuiz is an opportunity for the young people to be exposed to pressing population issues that have impact on their development. POPCOM-NCR will continue to partner with DepEd in raising the awareness of the young people on population issues that concern them today and in the future.
Portiga’s coach, Mr. Alson Fernandez shared that winning the Championship title in the national level has been so elusive since he became coach of PopQuiz competition. “Good things happen to those who persevere. We are prepared and determined to make it this year and we did.”
Dheniel was also grateful for the experience of having travelled to another region, experiencing its culture but apart from that, for the learnings he had gained in joining the contest. “The population issues should be made known to all youth for them to act upon it” he added. As Champion, he was awarded with a plaque and a cash prize worth P10,000.00.
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POPCOM-NCR spearheaded the conduct of an Orientation on the Basic Concepts of Sexual Orientation, Gender Identity and Expressions (SOGIE) for its staff on May 23, 2017 at POPCOM AV Room,Mandaluyong City. To maximize this opportunity, NCR had invited the POPCOM 4 group to participate as well.
This one-day orientation on SOGIE was facilitated by Mr. Ralph Ivan J. Samson, a registered nurse and Training and Advocacy Officer of Islands of Southeast Asia Network on Male and Transgender Sexual Health (ISEAN)-HIVOS Program-Philippines. It is intended to create awareness and understanding among the staff on the basic concepts and terminologies related to SOGIE.
According to the Mr. Samson, the discussion will allow the staff to open their minds and look at the realities revolving around gender. He also added that everyone should be aware that each individual, regardless of gender or sexual preferences, has rights to claim to include the right to be respected.
“We see the importance of this session for staff, especially for those who are facilitating training to look at the realities revolving around gender and to make them more gender-sensitive in conceptualizing activities and in choosing words that are appropriate to participants with varying gender and sexual preferences’, said Regional Director Lydio M. Espanol.
During the activity, the resource speaker emphasized the roles of those in governmentwho have the capacity to develop and implement policies, programs, projects and activities that are beneficial to all regardless of gender.
The orientation is part of POPCOM-NCR’s innovative move to ensure integration of gender and development in the agency’s major programs and activities. ###