In Olongapo, sex ed helps prevent unwanted pregnancies

By Apples Jalandoni, ABS-CBN News

Posted at Oct 09 2010 09:51 PM | Updated as of Oct 10 2010 06:16 AM

MANILA, Philippines - The Department of Education (DepEd) has yet to decide whether or not to continue the sex education program.

But in Olongapo City, all 38 public elementary and high schools have already been teaching sex education since 2007.

According to Dr. Ligaya Monato, Schools Division Superintendent, Olongapo is known for its night life, which is why the local government initiated the sex education program.

She said the program will help solve the city's rising cases of unwanted pregancies.

Called Adolescent Reproductive Health, the program is integrated in the curriculum of all subjects from grade 5 to 4th year high school. 

At the Nellie Brown Elementary School, home economics teacher Gina Moncera discusses with her grade 5 students the male and female private parts.

The class also learned about the physical changes adolescents go through. The teacher also taught them how to avoid sexual harrassment and rape.

Moncera told ABS-CBN News she teaches the subject in a way "na hindi sila maiilang o magtatawanan."

Many parents also support the program.

Eva Imingan, a parent, said: "Saan pa ba nila malalaman ang mga bagay na ito kundi sa school." 

The DepEd in Olongapo also encourages private schools to teach sex education.

It said children these days are more open-minded when it comes to sex as they are exposed to media and their peers.

This is why they should be taught the right values towards sex to guide them in their growing years, it added.