Providing hygiene kits to female students in public schools pushed

This bill seeks to provide young women's kit to female pupils and students in public schools.

One salient characteristic that distinguishes men and women is menstruation, menses or menstrual period. It is the regular discharge of blood and mucosal tissue from the inner lining of the uterus through the female genital organ. The first menstruation or menarche usually begins between 12 and 15 years of age, but may occasionally start at 8 years of age.

Menstruation is vital in procreation because it prepares the bodies of women for reproduction. This monthly menstrual period bodies of women. Its symptoms and common signs include acne, tender breast, bloating, feeling tired, irritability and mood changes.

The unexpected arrival of the first menstruation or menarche causes confusion and panic among inexperienced teenagers. Due to the sudden start of menstruation, these young women do not have immediate access to necessary menstruation items like sanitary napkins. Most of the time, they experience their first menstruation when they are within the premises of the school and are not allowed to go out for security purposes.

To remedy the needs of female students to cope with the dilemma brought by the start of their menstrual periods while in school, the Department of Education issued DepEd Order No. 10, s. 2016 entitled "Policy and Guidelines for the Comprehensive Water, Sanitation and Hygiene in Schools (WINS) Program which ensures a system and support mechanisms for effective menstrual hygiene management, requires training of teachers, heads of schools, facilities coordinators to acquire a higher awareness of correct hygiene and sanitation practices, and develop positive health behavior.

The Department of Health shall be the lead agency in the identification of the contents of the Young Women's Kit and in coordination with the DepEd, PCW, and NWC,  create and develop materials to educate students, parents, guardians, and school personnel.

In view of the foregoing, the approval of this bill is earnestly sought.


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