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Dec 2, 2014
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Hey, Department of Health (DOH), we know you've nothing but good intentions, but your recent video about teen pregnancy is getting some flak from netizens!

And it's really easy to see why:


Video via Manila Philippines

The video, which talks about teen pregnancy, was uploaded on the DOH's official Facebook page last November 30. It has since been taken down (but has been uploaded to YouTube). The DOH hasn't issued a statement yet, but we guess it had something to do with social media reactions like these:

doh teen pregnancy video

doh teen pregnancy video

doh teen pregnancy video

doh teen pregnancy video

doh teen pregnancy video

So, what was supposed to be an innocent public service announcement has become a PR nightmare for the government agency. Bummer.

To expound, many of the netizens' reactions are aimed at the video's use of derogatory terms such as "gaga" and "bobo."

doh teen pregnancy video

Also, some are speculating that it's actually a rip-off of this K-Pop song:


Video via SMTOWN

And it doesn't really help that the whole things was done inside what looks to be a dingy gym.

doh teen pregnancy video

Okay, okay. We get you guys and gals! But, since it's the holidays, can we maybe give it a chance? If you're looking for reasons to do so, here are several:


THE SONG IS CATCHY AS HECK

doh teen pregnancy video

Rip-off or not, you have to admit that the song's LSS-worthy. And it's not just the tune; the crappy basic lyrics had our brains singing "Ga-ga-girl" hours after listening to it for the first time. That means it's stuck in our headswhich is a good thing for anything that's out to warn you of something (in this case, teen pregnancy).

For the parents out there who have teenage kids, don't feel bad if you catch them humming this song.


THE STUNTS

We give props to the cheerdance squad that performed the dances and stunts seen in the video. We mean, look:

doh teen pregnancy video

It reminds us of the awesome rolls, and dives we saw at the last UAAP Cheerdance Competition! That alone means the boys and girls in the video worked their asses off and deserve an A for effort.


IT SHOWS TWO SIDES OF THE COIN

If you really listen to it, you'll notice that the song is like a running conversation between teens and parents. It's not bias of one side and shows that the young ones in the song are listening and not being spoiled brats.

doh teen pregnancy video

doh teen pregnancy video

It also gives teens the top reasons why they should avoid teen pregnancy (e.g. finish education first, not being prepared).

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IT HAS GOOD INTENTIONS

We can't blame anyone for hating on the video. Yes, it kinda sucks. Heck, we ourselves couldn't help chuckle at its campiness.doh teen pregnancy video

At the end of the day though, the video just tells the youngins to avoid plunging head first into a bumpy situation (get it?). Hey, we'd like to think the DOH didn't do this for its own sake; but for the hormonally-enraged teens at risk of becoming ill-prepared, premature parents. In other words, this is for the country's future. #PatriotismYo!

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