Last Saturday, 12 students who are enrolled in my Economics with LRT class attended the lecture of Dr. Kabamalan at UP Population Institute. I secured a permission from Ms. Marianne Mojar, C5 Administrator and Ms. Kate Osorio, TFVC Acting College Director, prior to attending the said lecture. Students were required to submit a reaction paper. The said lecture was free. In addition, students were given certificates of attendance at the end of the lecture. Details of the lecture discussion are the following:

Speaker: Prof. Maria Midea Kabamalan, Ph.D.
Venue: Conference Room, 3rd Floor, Palma Hall, Population Institute, College of Social Sciences and Philosophy, University of the Philippines, Diliman, Quezon City
Class: Emerging Issues in Population under Dr. Jonathan David Flavier
Topic: Lifestyle, Health Status and Behavior of Young Workers in Call Centers and Other Industries: Metro Manila and Metro Cebu

Background of the Research Study as stated in UPPI-DRDF's website:

This study examines the lifestyles and health of young workers in call centers and how they compare with young workers in other industries. In particular, it looks at how their work and lifestyles affect their economic, social and health (including their reproductive health) situation. A total of 675 respondents from call centers in Metro Manila and Metro Cebu and 241 respondents from non call center establishments in Metro Manila were interviewed.

In general, the results show that there are some striking differences between the two types of young workers while at the same time there are also similarities between them. Among the notable differences is that call center workers generally have higher income and receive more work benefits than their counterparts in other industries. The two groups are similar in that they both tend to have unhealthy diets. Both groups report average sleeping hours much lower than the ideal eight hours but lack of sleep is more common among call center workers. More call center workers currently smoke while the prevalence of drinking is equally high for both groups of workers. Risky sexual behavior (e.g., early sex, unprotected sex, casual sex) is high among the young workers in the study but the levels are slightly higher among call center workers. The difference is more pronounced for sex with the same sex among males. More call center workers than non call center workers rate their health as poor or fair, consider the stress levels at work to be high, and experience health problems associated with work. Awareness and knowledge of HIV prevention and transmission is relatively high in both groups, although very few feel that they are at risk of HIV infection. 

This study was made possible through the funding support provided by the Commission on Population. 


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