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Monday, September 19, 2016

U4U Introduces Miguel Tanfelix as its Ambassador

Kapuso star Miguel Tanfelix was recently introduced by the Commission on Population (POPCOM) as its Celebrity Ambassador for U4U, its flagship program for Filipino teens. 

“This advocacy is all about respect for one’s self,” said 17th-year old Tanfelix. “When a young person uses his or her own strengths and works on his or her own weaknesses, that person earns not only self-respect but also the trust of other people.”


In 2014, POPCOM started U4U as an innovative caravan for teens by teens. According to Dr. Juan Antonio Perez, POPCOM Exec. Director, U4U is one of several programs of the government aimed to fulfill the right of young Filipinos to accurate information.

With the help of social media, U4U brings informative messages to millions of Filipino teenagers and help them make responsible decisions to prevent teenage pregnancy and sexually transmitted infections.



“So far, we have brought these messages to over 4 million young Filipinos from Batanes to Maguindanao. Almost every week, U4U events are held in different parts of the country, in intimate or open spaces,” said Perez. He also encouraged members of the press to share U4U’s social media platforms with their young loved-ones. Teenage pregnancy is on the rise. Approximately, one in every teenagers had engaged in premarital sex, according to a 2013 study in the country. 

Tanfelix’ role as U4U’s ambassador really befits the lad’s personality as he is one of the most responsible and sought after actors today.

“I hope to help POPCOM reach as many teens as possible,” said Tanfelix.

POPCOM and the Center for Health Solutions and Innovations Philippines Inc. (CHSI), and with the support of United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA), chose Tanfelix not because of his celebrity status but also because he is keen on finishing his education and knows its importance.

“As a U4U ambassador, Miguel Tanfelix will surely inspire Filipino teens to make responsible decisions for their future,”said Dr. Carmina Aquino, senior technical advisor for CHSI.


And as a U4U ambassador, Tanfelix will participate in a number of awareness-raising activities that include the U4U Teen Trail- an interactive event on puerty, romance and relationships. POPCOM and CHSI helped prepare Tanfelix for his tasks as U4U ambassador by engaging him as a peer educator along with other student leaders of Commonwealth High School in Quezon City.


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