- Category: Adolescent Health and Youth Development (AHYD)
By Josephine Santos
POPCOM IV is pilot-testing the Information and Service Delivery Network (ISDN) for Adolescent Health and Development (AHD) project in the City of Bacoor which will adopt and promote the establishment of the ISDN for the IsCool Teen Center (ITC) at the Bacoor National High School (BNHS) Bacoor City.
POPCOM Region IV recognizes the important role of adolescents and youth in the human and socio-economic development of an area. POPCOM IV also recognizes that addressing these critical concerns affecting young people needs the close collaboration and collective actions from all stakeholders including the concerned local government departments, civil society organizations particularly those providing services for young people’s concerns, and the religious and private sectors, for more strategic and effective interventions.
The ISDN links information and service delivery interventions for adolescent and youth health-related needs, and develop partnerships that are interagency, for comprehensive provision of health and development interventions for young people in Bacoor City.
- Category: Population and Development Integration (POPDEV)
By Julie Gonzales
To reinforce POPDEV activities, Commission on Population—Region IV (POPCOM IV) created a new pool of trainers. A Basic Demography Training with return demonstration was conducted among all its staff last July 18-22, 2016 with a purpose to hone skills and create new set of trainers within the office.
Since most of the staffs are newly hired employees, their knowledge regarding POPCOM’s programs is inadequate. The main objective of the training is to integrate new bloods to the program in which they will learn and appreciate about the basic concepts of population, its processes, outcomes and measurements.
As Population Officers and Workers, they need to know about the population data, its processes and outcomes and the measures used in analyzing data. The programs and projects that they have to implement should be based on the available current data thus the interventions that will be developed suit on the issues that arise from the data.
This is a good example of the training that a population officer and worker need to know and to understand its definition, computation and use. The sole purpose of the training is to educate staffs about Basic Demography. However the participants on the said training had the privilege to undergo Interpersonal Communication Skills (ICS) training.
Equip with new learnings, the newly trained staff of POPCOM IV can be new asset in providing technical assistance to Local Government Unit partners in CALABARZON
- Category: Gender and Development (GAD)
By Mia Laarni Nacionales
Masculine. Audacious. Cocky. Dauntless. These are just some of the stereotypical responses of people when they see a group of motorcycling riders hovering the streets. Fair enough? Maybe, but if you are on the receiving end, those opinions are not exactly that appealing to the ears.
This is one of the main reasons why Mr. Aries Mendoza, President of Naked Wolves-Philippines, deemed it important that the members of his riders group become advocates of Male Responsibility on Gender And Development-Kalalakihang Tapat sa Responsibilidad at Obligasyon sa Pamilya (MR GAD KATROPA). The said program is one of POPCOM’s strategies to reach out to the male population and open their minds to the duties and responsibilities attached with being the head of the household and/or being a male in the family/community as a whole.
Through Mr. Mendoza’s communication with Ms. Marilyn F. Ogaya, along with the support of Regional Director Lydio M. Español, Jr. and GAD focal person Ms. Cheryl Marie A. Malayang, the orientation on MR GAD-KATROPA for Naked Wolves-Philippines was made possible. The activity was conducted last August 20-21, 2016 at Caliraya Laguna. It was attended by the Naked Wolves-Philippines motorcycling riders together with their official back-riders, usually their spouse. A total of sixty (60) participants attended the activity (45 males, 15 females) with the objective targeted on capacitating the group of riders with the ability to recognize gender issues and identify the different perceptions and interests arising from their various social positions and gender roles. The design of the two-day activity was a mixture of plenary and breakout sessions wherein the male participants were separated from the female participants at one point.