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A ‘silent crisis’

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The numbers alone paint an alarming picture. Between the years 2000 and 2010, pointed out Carmelita Ericta, administrator of the National Statistics Office, the number of babies born to teenage mothers (aged 15-19 years) rose from 7.1 percent to 11.7 percent.

Posted: July 8th, 2013 in Columnists,Columns,Inquirer Opinion | Read More »

Sex ed, Life ed

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One of the most contentious provisions in the approved reproductive health bill has been that of sexuality education, with earlier versions proposing its inclusion in grade school, but which, through negotiations, ended up limited to high school. But even this postponement of sexuality education to high school has met opposition, on the argument that it should be done at home, and that discussing sexual matters in school will lead to promiscuity.

Posted: December 18th, 2012 in Columnists,Columns,Inquirer Opinion | Read More »

Puppy love

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A friend of mine cried when his daughter had her first menstruation, feeling sadness that she was no longer a little girl and would, in a few years, leave home and get married. But when I asked if he had talked to her about what menstruation means, biologically as well as socially, he smiled sheepishly [...]

Posted: September 27th, 2011 in Columnists,Columns,Inquirer Opinion | Read More »

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