Adolescent Health and Development Program (AHDP)
Program Manager : Ms. Magdalena G. Abellera - Regional Director, RPO V
Assistant : Mr. Reynaldo O. Wong - Regional Director, RPO IX
The Adolescent Health and Development Program (AHDP) is one of the key component programs of the Philippine Population Management Program (PPMP). The overall goal of the AHYD Program is to contribute to the improvement and promotion of the total well-being of young Filipinos ages 10-14; 15-19 and 20-24 through their sexual and reproductive health. Specifically it aims to contribute to the reduction of the incidence of teenage pregnancies and sexually transmitted infections (STIs) and HIV/AIDS among young people which are aligned with the thrusts of the International Conference on Population and Development (ICPD) Program of Action (PoA).
The Commission works hand in hand with the Department of Health and other stakeholders both public and private in linking demand and services through the development and piloting of demand generation strategies and conduct of researches that merit appropriate policy and program responses. The efforts of the Commission involve and target the various level of stakeholders including the young people themselves as the primary stakeholder, the family, specifically the parents as primary sexuality educators and the school, government, church and media as supporting institutions. With concerted efforts, necessary services and information which are crucial to the development of the total well-being of the young people will be made available wherever they go--- home, school, church and community.
The AHYD Program aims to enable adolescents and young to develop a healthy lifestyle and responsible sexuality for them to prevent too early and unintended pregnancy, early marriages and sexually transmitted infections and the negative impact of these on their growth and development.
Reduce adolescent fertility by reducing the incidence of pregnancy among the 15-19 age group.
Reduce the incidence of early sexual involvement and early marriages.
Reduce the incidence of reproductive health problems like STIs and HIV/AIDS, and in particular reduce the incidence of HIV-positive cases among young males.
Reduce the incidence of physical and sexual violence and other forms of violence against young people, particularly married young females aged 15-24.