We were assigned to do our internship at the Philippine Rural Reconstruction Movement (PRRM). The organization has a wide variety of projects that deal with issues like the environment, education, and women’s health. Since our group’s main objective is to do a project related to gender sensitivity while doing our internship, the main project assigned to us was the Peer Education and Public-Private Partnership Towards Improved Reproductive Health Information and Services for Out-of-school Youth (PEPPY).
We went to do fieldwork in Barangay Bagong Silang, Caloocan three weeks ago. It was a good experience to see the PEPPY project in action since Brgy. Bagong Silang is the biggest barangay in Caloocan and has a big population of out-of-school youth. The goal of the PEPPY project is to be able to administer sex education classes to 3,000 out-of-school youth by May 2014 so the peer educators have been very active in getting as many youth to attend these sessions.
The sex education classes are called Kwentuhang Kabataan where the discussion starts off with the participants’ notions of love and how it can potentially lead to sexual intercourse and the effects of this if they do not understand what they are getting into. When we went to the Kwentuhang Kabataan, about 13 teens were present. The discussion lasted about an hour and the teens were open to talk about their opinions and ask questions about the topics.
Our other tasks for our internship is to make socio-economic profiles of the provinces that PRRM works with. I was assigned the province of Aklan and during my research, I realized that despite Aklan’s abundant tourism industry, 1/3 of its population is below the poverty line.
The things we learn from PRRM have been more than we expected. Not only have we learned about the impact of sex education on teens but we have also had sessions to learn more about sustainable development and the environment.
– Olivia Solomon 2012-16839