POPCOM-6 strengthens initiatives to curb teen pregnancies in WV

ILOILO CITY, Feb. 22 (PIA) – The Commission on Population and Development (POPCOM)-6 is strengthening various programs to reduce cases of teenage pregnancies in the region.

In a media release, POPCOM-6 regional director Harold Alfred Marshall said that the agency is coordinating with local government units and other partner agencies in the implementation of the Adolescent Health and Development (AHD) program to increase adolescents’ awareness of their reproductive and sexual health.

“Considering the steady rise in teen pregnancy cases and the impact of the pandemic, POPCOM-6 will double its efforts in mitigating pregnancy among our adolescents especially our young girls,” he said.

He said that AHD Program aims to reduce cases of teenage pregnancy and repeat pregnancy, with activities including AHD classes, U4U Teen Trailing, linking demand generation to service delivery, capacitating young people as peer educators, and connecting with parents and significant adults through Parent-Teen Talk.

A mobile application dubbed as “AHlam Na” was also launched to reach more adolescents and to fit with the demand of time.

According to the latest civil registry statistics from the Philippine Statistics Authority for 2019, births among girls ages 10-19 remain high in Region 6 at 9.28%, compared to 2018 at 9.3%.

Moreover, there were three recorded live births from young girls aged 12 years old in the same year.

“We have also noticed that live births belonging to adolescents 10-14 years old also increased from 88 in 2018 to 107 in 2019,” Marshall said.

Early pregnancy among adolescents is caused by complex and interrelated factors and it can be attributed to several causes to include sociological, psychological, cultural, and even economic factors.

Furthermore, it can be linked to lack of information, peer pressure, family problems, lack of refusal skill, inappropriate use of social media, sexual violence, and lack of access to services. (JSC/LTP/PIA6 Iloilo/Thumbnail photo courtesy of POPCOM-6)



Source: Philippines Information Agency (pia.gov.ph)

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