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Bicol youths raise health, dev't issues.

Legazpi City, Albay -- The participants of the 2nd Albay Adolescent Congress held here last week has come up with a proposal urging the provincial and national government to enact a comprehensive program on adolescent health and development and its legislative action.

Michael dela Rama, organizer of the event said, the participants have agreed during the two-day meeting, which was attended by hundreds of youths coming from different parts of the region, National Youth Commission (NYC) Chairman Gio Tingson and other stakeholders, to submit a proposed agenda that would guide policy makers in their enactment of the comprehensive program on adolescent health.

He said, there been a lot of programs to the youth, such as in sports and scholarships, but none in the adolescent health and development which must be addressed.

Dela Rama zeroed-in on the risks facing adolescents in the form of bullying which may be physical, mental, psychological and cyber in nature; unregulated access to substances such as tobacco, alcohol and drugs; weakening of relationships in the family, school, community and workplace; increasing cases of teen pregnancy occurring at younger ages; increasing cases of sexually-transmitted infections (STIs); new cases of HIV-AIDS affecting younger ages; discrimination-based on sexual orientation; and gender identity and displacement in school, violence and disruption of social services.

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Title Annotation:Provincial
Publication:Manila Bulletin
Geographic Code:9PHIL
Date:Apr 13, 2015
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