The Commission on Population and Development (POPCOM) CALABARZON region in partnership with the Department of Education (DepED) Region IV-A CALABARZON Office, through DepED Memorandum No. 4A-03-RM-21-77, organized and conducted virtual Teenage Pregnancy Symposia (TPS) among Grades 8 to 10 students.
Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, adolescents cannot attend face-to-face Adolescent Health and Development (AHD) activities. Thus, POPCOM CALABARZON conducts AHD strategies virtually. To accommodate the demand of TPS from the several schools of CALABARZON, POPCOM IV-A subscribed to a higher rates of Zoom subscription for the number of participants from one hundred (100) to five hundred (500) participants per session.
POPCOM Region IV – CALABARZON coordinates with Schools Division Offices, Local Population Officers and Population Representatives before conducting the TPS.
As a result, the TPS was conducted online reaching 15,847 adolescents or 177 percent of its target of 9,000 adolescents to be reached this year (2021). The said AHD strategies also reached 351 parents/adults and 2,567 teachers/educators/service providers of ASRH information and skills.