‘Project Teenspired’ of the Philippine Pediatric Society (PPS), an advocacy program against teenage pregnancy was successfully launched at Carmen National High School, Cagayan de Oro City last September 12.
The event was attended by 35 Grade 7 students, 33 parents and 25 PPS members from said city. During the program, local pediatricians were trained to conduct saidproject to lower the incidence of adolescent pregnancies.
Based on research, Region 10 had the second highest incidence of adolescent pregnancies in the country.Said project aims at inspiring youth participants to say no to premarital sex (PMS) and say yes to building outstanding families that will change the world. It also aims to inspire parents to renew their commitment to their families.
The interactive workshops which involved the parents and the youth taught about different developmental changes that happen during adolescence, love languages toimprove family relationships, sex education presented in the context of honoring God, ‘you/me’, family and friends, future spouse and future kids.
Designed as a holistic and life-changing program that engages and inspires, Dra. Mary Grace Tan-Uy, discussed that they envision a nation made up of God-centered, inspired and responsible Filipino youth. “The mission of Teenspired is tocreate enabling environment for the youth in the home, school and community that will help reduce the incidence of teenage pregnancy. We hope to be able to partnerwith more schools in different parts of our nation to conduct this significant project. We are also looking for more partners to help finance our endeavors so that local pediatricians may also conduct the project in their own regions, ” she added.