THE Commission on Population and Development (PopCom) has launched a campaign to reduce teenage pregnancies by bridging the communication gap between parents and their adolescent children.

The program "Konektado Tayo" was organized together with the Department of Health (DoH) and the United States Agency for International Development (USAid). It will use social media platforms such as Facebook to reach target audiences and help improve the quality of conversations about love, sexuality and relationships.

PopCom Executive Director Juan Antonio Perez 3rd said open communication between parents and children are essential in the development of the children's well-being and decision-making in their life choices and achieving their goals.

"Lack of communication between parents and their children can sometimes lead to children's inappropriate behavior due to misconceptions and misinformation regarding sexual and reproductive topics which can result in early pregnancy among teenage girls," Perez said during the campaign's virtual launch on Thursday.

USAid Acting Deputy Mission Director Jeff Goebel cited research suggesting that promoting age-appropriate conversations on sex and sexuality between parents and teen children will lead to better decision making and safer sex practice.

"Konektado Tayo encourages parents to be connected to an online platform where they will learn how to be confident, informed and comfortable when they speak to their teens about sex and sexuality," Goebel said.

National Economic and Development Authority Undersecretary Jose Miguel de la Rosa said the campaign is in line with Executive Order 141 by President Rodrigo Duterte, which declares teenage pregnancy as a "national priority"

Health Secretary Francisco Duque 3rd said open, respectful, discreet and compassionate conversations on sensitive issues such as relationships, sexuality and sex through the program will prevent risky sexual behavior.

Perez said the campaign will teach parents how to become primary advisers and consultants to their children as they transition into adulthood.