PopCom launches today ‘Crossroad’ movie
TACLOBAN CITY – The Commission on Population (PopCom) will launch today (July 30) the full-length “Crossroads” movie in the bid to educate the young generation on adolescent health and youth development program (AHYDP).
The launching, which will be held at Ritz Tower de Leyte, will be joined by village officials and various youth organizations who will advocate other young audience to watch the movie.
Leo Rama, PopCom regional director said that they are hopeful to that “Crossroads” movie will somehow reduce the incidence of early sexual activities in the region.
“The target audience are both students and out of school youth. This will be launched in July and copies will be distributed to provinces and cities throughout the region for them to reproduce and show this to young people,” Rama told Leyte Samar Daily Express.
The PopCom official also encouraged provincial and city launching to raise youth’s awareness on the existence of the movie.
The movie is starred by Joseph Bitangcol, Mercedes Cabral, Sue Prado, Aleera Montalla, and Felix Roco.
The latest State of the Philippine Population Report (SPPR) showed that four out of 10 adolescent in Eastern Visayas and National Capital Region (NCR) have already experienced premarital sex.
Rama said that the high incidence of premarital sex in NCR is not surprising because of the massive exposure of young people in highly-urbanized cities to pornography in both print and and electronic media.
In the case of Leyte and Samar, among the factors attributing to the problems are poverty, peer pressure, involvement in unproductive activities and lack of education.
Poverty is major factor, wherein according to the population report, five out of ten adolescents were raised by poor families.
The movie will be shown free to schools, youth centers and camps. It will be used mainly to start discussion on AHYDP. During the showing of the movie, there should be a panel of discussants that will give opinion on the story of the movie.
The video will also highlight the role of parents in curbing the problem. “This will also prepare youth for parenthood so that they will know how to train their future children.” (Sarwell Q. Meniano)
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