The National Anti-Poverty Commission (NAPC) Gender and Development (GAD) Unit piloted the Learning Package for Parent Education on Adolescent Health and Development (LPPEAHD). Thirty-five (35) participants from Quezon City, Marikina City, Mandaluyong City, Manila, and Rizal attended the activity. The training was held at Cubao, Quezon City on June 16-17, 2022 and focused on Modules 1 and 2 of the Learning Package, entitled “Me as a Parent” and “Me and my Family”, respectively. 

The activity commenced with a message from the NAPC GAD Chairperson, Undersecretary Paterna M. Ruiz, where she highlighted the importance of understanding the changes and challenges experienced by adolescents through their developmental years for an effective parenting. She also reiterated the significance of continuous learning to keep a harmonious relationship within families despite the ever-changing dynamics of families and society. 

To facilitate learning, the parents and their teenage children were given chance to actively engage in lectures and workshops that aimed to enhance their knowledge about themselves and their families, to clarify personal values related to adolescent sexuality, to highlight the meaning and purpose of one’s parenthood, and to empower and strengthen the foundation of one’s family. 

Each participant is given a chance to reflect with their own experiences, values, and beliefs. Adolescents were given an opportunity to express their thoughts towards their parents while parents are given time to reflect on better ways to handle their children. Furthermore, participants were tasked to identify the possible threats that may affect their families and to think of ways on how to best handle these threats through working collaboratively with their children.