POPCOM-6 LAUNCHES ‘AHLAM NA!’ MOBILE APP
POPCOM-6 Assistant Regional Director Rosemarie Hubag introduces the mobile application “AHlam na!” which aims to provide adolescents with accurate knowledge on Adolescent Sexuality and Reproductive Health (ASRH) and Adolescent Health Development (AHD)-related information, during the official launching held Dec. 13 at the Mansion here. (LTP/PIA-Iloilo)
THE Commission on Population (POPCOM)-6 officially launched a mobile application that will provide accurate information on adolescent health.
Dubbed as “AHlam Na!,” this mobile application on Adolescent Health will provide adolescents with accurate knowledge on Adolescent Sexuality and Reproductive Health (ASRH) and Adolescent Health Development (AHD)-related information, based on a report by PIA-6 in Iloilo City.
The term “AHlam Na!” was derived from the young people’s lingo “alam na” which means something is being confirmed. Adding the letter “H” after “A” to the word emphasizes on the importance of correct information on Adolescent Health.
Harold Alfred Marshall, POPCOM-6 Regional Director, said this strategy is being done to attain the overall goal of AHDP which is to promote and improve the total well-being of young people.
“There is a need to innovate strategies in meeting with the evolving needs of young people to address their sexual and reproductive health needs to information and services,” he said.
The mobile application, which can be downloaded for free in Play Store through smartphones, features quiz (fact or bluff) on puberty, sexuality, and STI/HIV and AIDS, referral pathways, and sharing of quiz results on social media to encourage others to download and use the application.
According to POPCOM-6 official, the development of the mobile application was made possible through a Memorandum of Understanding between PopCom-6, Save the Children, Family Planning Organization of the Philippines, and the Iloilo State College of Fisheries.
This is also supported by the Department of Health (DOH), Regional Council for the Welfare of Children, and the Department of Education-Division of Iloilo.
Likewise, one of the strategies of AHDP, as prescribed in the Philippine Population Management Program-Directional Plan (PPMP-DP 2017-2022), is to optimize new information and communication technologies to reach out to adolescents, particularly those living in geographically isolated and disadvantaged areas (GIDA), conflict areas, among others.