While youth is supposedly an exciting and hopeful time, many young adult Filipinos face a myriad of challenges. / Photo by S. Dela Cruz
Today’s youth are one of the biggest and most dynamic sectors of Philippine society. About one in every five Filipinos is aged 15 to 24, which are critical years for shaping personhood and making important, lasting decisions on various aspects of life. While youth is supposedly an exciting and hopeful time, many young adult Filipinos face a myriad of challenges, including those involving their immediate environments, physical and mental health, relationship-building, and reproductive health.
An up-to-date knowledge base on young adults is vital to improving their health and well-being, which have far-reaching consequences not only to the economy but also to their families and communities. It is in this light that the University of the Philippines Population Institute (UPPI) conducts the 2021 Young Adult Fertility and Sexuality Study (YAFS5), the fifth in the series of YAFS surveys.