Usec Juan Antonio Perez III, Executive Director

Message of Usec. Perez during The Challenge Initiative Online Launch

When workers of government in population and development discuss challenges to overcome, what comes to mind is the current upswing in the number of adolescent mothers across the Philippines. So alarming is the trend that the current administration has already declared the situation as a social emergency of national proportions.

‘Business unusual’ approach versus national, social emergency: Cities nationwide take lead in reducing teen pregnancies

An initial batch of cities across the Philippines are now enlisted with The Challenge Initiative (TCI), a “business unusual” approach enabling high-impact interventions to engage local governments, health providers, communities, adolescents and youth, as well as other stakeholders in providing adolescent and youth sexual and reproductive health (AYSRH) information and services in urban communities.