An Assessment of Sexuality Education: Selected Cases in Southern Tagalog

  • Merlyne M. Paunlagui
  • Girlie Nora Abrigo
  • Nelson Quirijeno
  • Ma. Reina Magbanua
  • Madeline Suva
  • Helen F. Dayo
  • Nanette Calaor
  • Cecil Andre Lopez


This study is an assessment of whether sexuality education is part of the secondary and tertiary curriculum in selected schools in the Southern Tagalog region. Specifically, the study aimed to identify and describe courses, topics, themes of sexuality education; characterize core competencies of education providers; collect core messages and teaching materials, e.g., syllabi, references and visual aids; and assess the strengths and weaknesses of sexuality education. Three secondary schools and two tertiary schools formed part of the study sites. A total of 102 high school students and 78 college students completed the survey questionnaire. Focus group discussions were conducted and key informants were interviewed for a deeper understanding and analysis of the issues raised in the survey. In addition, a copy of the curricula of the schools concerned including course outlines were requested from the teachers. From these, several patterns emerged in the examination of primary and secondary materials.