Adolescent Reproductive Health The SMU Experience

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					By: Corazon N. Abriam, EDd Saint Mary’s University

SMU implements the ARH/Family Planning and POPDEV programs primarily through:

Curricular integration of ARH issues/ concerns into courses/subjects wherever applicable.
Co-curricular/extra curricular integration in club activities.

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Family planning concepts infused into all Theology subjects in College. Sociology 4 INTRODUCTION • A. Man’s General Vocation: Call to Holiness” • B. Responses to the call to Holiness • - Religious Life • - Single Life • - Married Life • C. Destiny: A Personal Task and Creative Responsibility • What is drug? • Drug Abuse: A Threat to the development of One’s Gift of Choice • Effects of Drug Abuse • Measure to Prevent Drug Abuse PREPARING FOR A LIFE TOGETHER

Friendship, Love, Sex and Sexuality


Family planning and POPDEV issues integrated in all Social Sciences classes

* SMU - a pilot School for Adolescent Reproductive Health. * Focal College – College of Nursing, now, the School of Health Sciences * Curricular integration of Reproductive Health / POPDEV issues and concerns in different courses across colleges and in the elementary and high school levels

Support to the long-term vision of the Philippine Population Management Program (PPMP)
“to contribute to improving the quality of life of all Filipinos through better reproductive health, attainment of population outcomes that are in harmony with available resources and environmental conditions and reduction of poverty and inequalities in human development opportunities”.

How was the Program implemented /institutionalized?
• MOA signing • Capability Building given to Administrators, Guidance Counselors, Doctors, nurses, student leaders, PTCA officers, priests (Chaplain), etc. • Technical assistance from UNFPA
• Organization of the ARH Task Force

SMU-ARH/VAW Task Force
Program Directors: Rev. Jessie M. Hechanova, CICM – President Prof. Mateo Tugab - Vice President for Administration Dr. Evangeline B Escobar - Vice President for Academic Affairs Program Chairman: Dean Monaliza Gaw - College of Nursing Program Vice-Chair: Dean Corazon N. Abriam - Student Affairs Secretary:Mrs. Mary Jane Sagabaen

Members: Dr. Carolina Rupisan Ester Cantong Dr. Leonora Damaso Mrs. Diesley Tabago Mr. John Tayaban Mr. Cesar Antonio Mrs. Emily Cabanting

Dr. William PanganibanMrs. Dr. Wilfredo Rosario Jr. Mrs. Pearl Guimbatan Mrs. Anita Mondala Miss Marvie Flose Fernando Mrs. Rosenie Aquino

1st Chairman of the Program left SMU (Dean of the College of Nursing)

Dean of Student Affairs took over Implementing guidelines were drafted

Guidelines implemented

Orientation for: - Administrators - Faculty and staff - student leaders - other student - were done throughout the year * Revision of the ARH Implementing Guidelines * Provision of IEC Materials to all Deans, Department Heads on Reproductive Health. * Enrichment/revision of syllabi at all levels

Thematic focus of activities

awareness building capability building service provision or referrals to partner GO’s and NGO’s as the need arises.

Specific Activities
 Continuing information dissemination on
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ARH-VAW projects / programs Integration of RH issues and concerns in the curriculum at all levels Bulletin board display on RH concerns at all levels Symposium on ARH-VAW issues ARH on the Air (Pagadalan ti Tangatang and Sincerely Yours Ate Lea) ARH-VAW Orientation for parents at the elementary, High School and College levels RH orientation for constituents of service area barangays and the BHOMA

Specific Activities
 Update about the program through the

school paper at all levels (elementary: The Little Marian, high school: The Spectrum, and college: The Marian).
 Provision of Audio – Visual facilities and IEC

materials at the Teen Center (all levels), Guidance Office, ARH Information Center, and the DSA Office.
 Contests on ARH-VAW such as:Slogan and

Poster making; Literary works; Murals, paintings; Essay writing
 Sincerely Yours Ate Lea on Television

Continuing capability building activities/trainings to :

focal persons who implement the program students / peer counselors/ leader parent-teachers association officers

Financial resource implication

Expenses for all activities related to the program are charged to Administration and the Student Activity Fund (SAF). No funding from outside agencies / donors has been solicited.

Major accomplishments of the Program include:

1.Positive response of SMU Administration to the ARH activities planned by the Task Force.

2.Better counseling techniques, strategies, employed by the Guidance staff, Prefects of Discipline and Medical Services personnel.

Major accomplishments of the Program include:

3. Support to less fortunate/marginalized students

4. More students seeking counseling services
5. Establishment of Teen Centers at all levels 6. The establishment of SMU ARH Drama Guild.

7. Hosted several local and international observation study tours

Major accomplishments of the Program include:

8. The preparation of the ARH Directions for the University. 9. Pool of speakers among the faculty. 10. Opportunities for students and faculty to attend international conferences

11. Requests by students for Youth camps throughout the year; management of youth camps taken over by students
12. Institutionalization of the Teen Week celebration.

Major accomplishments of the Program include:

13. Close collaboration with the boarding home owners and matrons associations in the nearby barangays 14. Outreach programs initiated by students
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15. Support programs for the ARH institutionalized  Clean, Healthy, Safe and Friendly Campus Program (CHSF)  Students loan assistance program
16. SMU: an active partner of the LGU, NGOs and other stakeholders


Resources generated by the program:

1. Library materials in the form of periodicals,

posters and charts, modules, pamphlets, books, leaflets, stickers and the like have been regularly given by the Commission on Population of the region.
Other related materials were also received from international organizations like the World Health Organization (WHO), the World Bank (WB) and the Asian Development Bank (ADB). It is also worth mentioning that Saint Mary’s University was designated as the WB / ADB Depository Library in Northern Luzon.

2. The Educational Media Center of the

University has also acquired films related to RH concerns.

Resources generated by the program:

3. Karaoke, portable sound system, 4 lapel

microphones, 14 inches television, VHS player, DOH modules and VHS tapes.
4. Soon to come: Computer, bulletin board

In closing ….
SMU’s services to its clientele have been greatly improved through the ARH program.

It has helped SMU in the attainment of its mission to form competent, creative, committed and Christian disciples.

Maraming Salamat Po!