Alvin Cloyd Dakis, RN, CGDP
Alvin Dakis is a registered nurse by profession who was trained as a RH & FP service provider and is a certified counselor for HIV by the Philippine Department of Health (DOH). Alvin is also a certified practitioner and trainer on Gender and Development (GAD) by the Philippine Commission on Women. He was a member of the Senate Committee on Health that finalized the Senate RH Act, and later was appointed by the Health Secretary as a co-author of the Responsible Parenthood & Reproductive Health Law Implementing Rules & Regulations which later earned him to become the youngest member of the DOH National Implementation Team. He was a former Health & Gender Chair and appointee of the Philippine President on the National Anti-Poverty Commission Youth & Students Sectoral Council from 2011-2015.
I started my advocacy as an HIV & AIDS awareness advocate. It was personal because of the HIV scare back then in the early 2000s and it was used to threaten a lot of young people. I studied HIV using the online materials I was able to research and since then I started to get interested with it. It helped me propelled my passion to pursue my nursing course. When I graduated and became a professional nurse, I got highly involved in public health prompting me to widen my advocacy from HIV to FP.
Many of the senior nurses I encountered were conservatives and FP was viewed only as a portion of Maternal & Child Health. In different dialogues I emphasized the key elements of Reproductive Health and started an advocacy group encouraging more nurses to focus and specialize their practice to RH & FP. We pursued in organizing the RH Society of Nurses despite bottlenecks and opposition from then members of the Board of Nursing.
As a young population, the Philippines continue to encounter challenges in rising adolescent pregnancies and increasing infections among young Filipinos. The Philippines need to re-focus its initiatives and programs through the following: (1) supplemental policies to increase support to adolescents, (2) increase financing of adolescent/youth health programs, (3) sensitize & build competencies of service providers, (4) ensure adolescent-friendly health facilities & services
I will initiate building a database of information on adolescent sexual & reproductive health (ASRH) in a systemic level and use this information to initiate inputs to the service delivery network for ASRH. In concurrence with developing a systemic database for ASRH, I will continue to train and develop more young policy advocates that will later ensure initiatives are sustained and accounted for.