Constitutional Reform. DILG - CAR Regional Director Marlo Iringan, 1987 Constitution Review Consultative Committee member and former Kalinga Congressman Atty. Laurence Wacnang and constitutional reform speaker’s bureau member Professor Alfredo Sureta Jr., in a press briefing facilitated by Joseph Zambrano of PIA - CAR, outlined the government's push to amend the constitution not only for political and electoral reform but more importantly for progress and development of the country and the people. DILG - CAR brings at the Benguet Sports Complex in Wangal La Trinidad, the

Earthquake drill. Emergency responders of the Itogon Municipal DRRM Council provided medical assistance to an injured person during the earthquake drill, Thursday. Itogon is the 4th quarter 2019 NSED regional pilot area for the Cordillera DRRM Council which tested the response capability of their MDRMMC in a multi - incident scenarios which aside from earthquake evacuation procedure also include fire suppression, vehicular accident, landslide involving a residential house and Search and Rescue. (Lito Dar/PIA CAR)

Earthquake drill. Emergency responders of the Itogon Municipal DRRM Council during the Search and Rescue operation drill, Thursday. Itogon is the 4th quarter 2019 NSED regional pilot area for the Cordillera DRRM Council which tested the response capability of their MDRMMC in a multi - incident scenarios which aside from earthquake evacuation procedure and SAR, the drill also include fire suppression, vehicular accident and landslide involving a residential house>(Lito Dar/PIA CAR)

Statistics whiz. Sid Paolo Sta. Teresa (left), a first year BS Computer Science student of University of the Philippines - Baguio wins the PSA - CAR led 2019 Philippine Statistics Quiz regional finals at the Baguio Central University last November 12 and aside from plaque and P15,000 cash prize, will be representing the region in the national tilt. Winning 2nd and 3rd place are Jeric Narte BS Computer Science UP Baguio (middle) and Lester Espineli (right) BS IT from the University of the cordilleras. (Lito Dar/PIA CAR)

Popcom calls for prevention of repeat teenage pregnancy

SAN FERNANDO CITY, Oct. 31 (PIA) – Marjorie (not her real name), 15 years old and was supposed to be in Grade 10 this year, gave birth just last month.

 

Lilian (not her real name), 13 and in Grade 7, is six-month pregnant.   

Marjorie and Lilian are among the alarming statistics of teenage pregnancy in the country.

Last August, NEDA Executive Director Ernesto Pernia has called for the teenage pregnancy as a ‘national emergency’.

According to Commission on Population and Development (Popcom), Philippines ranks second in the Association of Southeast Nations (ASEAN) and fourth in the Asia-Pacific region in terms of teenage pregnancy.

More than 500 adolescents are getting pregnant and giving birth every day.

In some regions in Mindanao, more than 15 percent of teenagers are at present pregnant or have given birth.

“What is more alarming is that one out of six girl teenagers or out of 200,000 adolescents giving birth, 60,000  of them are repeat pregnancies, the worst I knew have already eight children during her teenage years,” USec. Juan Antonio Perez III, executive director of Popcom, said during the recent regional awarding of Kaunlarang Pantao.

He added, “This is a social emergency because their pregnancy is not normal, the age of sexual consent is 12 years old if you got pregnant at 10, 11 or even 12, you have possibly been raped."

These are cases of rape and abuse that must be given attention and action at the barangay level, according to USec. Perez.

USec. Perez have likewise raised that for the past eight years, 1.2 million of young girls gave birth in the Philippines need social benefits and protection.

An average of 150,000 teenagers are giving birth annually and starting a family of their own.

An urgent concern of the Popcom is for an executive order to be released declaring the problem as a national emergency so that national agencies can work together and provide the youth with access to reproductive health services if they are already parents.

Popcom Executive Director Juan Antonio Perez III being interviewed by local media on the alarming rate of teenage pregnancy in the country. (PIA-LA Union)

“Family planning services must be made accessible to these youth to prevent them having repeat teenage pregnancies,” USec. Perez said.   

They must be provided information on family planning so they will empowered not to make repeat pregnancies during their teenage years.

“No more children having children”  is a campaign with the collaboration of Popcom, Department of Health, some members of the Congress,  along with some civil society organizations.

Popcom likewise pushes for the Teenage Pregnancy Prevention Bill, inked by Senator Risa Hontiveros, which seeks a comprehensive, age-appropriate sex education for the Filipino youth. (JCR/AMB/JDS/PIA La Union)

By Joanna P. Diaz-Sabado

 

Baguio

  • Bantay ASIN TF monitors iodinization plant, public market

    BAGUIO CITY, Nov. 21(PIA) --The Regional Bantay Asin Task Force (RBATF)  recently conducted its annual monitoring of existing iodization plant, repacking site and public market in the city and in Benguet.

  • 2019 PMSEA conference attracts more stakeholders

    BAGUIO CITY, Nov. 22( PIA) -- More  mining stakeholders and  exhibitors  are participating  in  66th Annual National Mine and Safety Conference (ANMSEC) held in the city from this week.

  • DA affirms strong market potential of Cordillera heirloom rice

    BAGUIO CITY, Nov. 22 (PIA) - - The Department of Agriculture is promoting the continuing production of heirloom or traditional rice in the region, not only for its cultural/historical value but also given its higher nutritional value and strong market potential.

  • Baguio hosts 66th Mine Safety & Environment confab

    BAGUIO CITY, Nov. 18 (PIA) --  The city will once again  host  the annual Mine Safety and Environment Conference  from  November 19 to 22 to be attended by  more than  a thousand mining stakeholders and other related industry players.

  • Malasakit Center for indigent patients now open at BGHMC

    BAGUIO CITY, Nov. 12 (PIA) - - Emergency medical assistance for indigent patients is now available at the Baguio General Hospital and Medical Center (BGHMC) with the opening of the government’s 50th Malasakit Center here   on November 7.

Benguet

  • Benguet officials appeal on Kennon Road closure

    LA TRINIDAD, Benguet, Nov.21 (PIA) - - The members of the Sangguniang Panlalawigan met recently with the members of the Kennon Road Task Force to raise the concerns  of the provincial, municipal and barangay officials including the affected residents on the closure of the Kennon Road.

  • DSWD-CAR holds caravan in Benguet

    LA TRINIDAD, Benguet, Nov.19 (PIA) - - The Department of Social Welfare and Development in the region  held a caravan advocating their programs, projects and services to the provincial government and creating a venue to showcase their accomplishments together with their partners in the government and the civil society organizations(CSOs).

  • DILG holds constitutional reform roadshow in Benguet

    DILG - CAR Regional Director Marlo Iringan(l) and resource speakers Atty. Lawrence Wacnang and Professor Alfredo Sureta Jr. with PIA Information officer Joseph Zambrano(R) during the media briefing that opened the "Balangayan" Constitutional Reform roadshow. (CCD/PIA CAR)

    LA TRINIDAD, Benguet, Nov. 15 (PIA) - - The Department of the Interior and Local Government(DILG) brought  the government’s agenda of amending the 1987 Constitution towards development and progress of the country and the Filipino people thru  the constitutional reform provincial roadshow dubbed as “Balangayan 2019” at the Benguet Sports Complex here on Tuesday.

    Local government units and barangay officials from the 13 municipalities of the province, regional line agency and several community/civil society organization representatives attended the forum which had former Kalinga Congressman Lawrence Wacnang and constitutional reform speaker’s bureau member Professor Alfredo Sureta Jr. as resource speakers.

    DILG – CAR Regional Director Marlo Iringan said Balangayan is a provincial roadshow that DILG has been spearheading in the different parts of the country to provide more public awareness on the importance of the constitutional reforms and to provide a venue to talk about developmental issues and concerns of local communities.  It also aims to have a public dialogue and consultation on constitutional reforms that need to speed up progress for the nation.

  • Mankayan town embraces land banking for future use

    MANKAYAN, Benguet  – The municipal government embraced land banking as one of its main thrust that will allow the realization of the programmed expansion and future development projects that will move the municipality to greater heights.

  • Closure of Kennon road faces stiff opposition

    LA TRINIDAD, Benguet  – The tremendous opposition to the proposed closure of the scenic and historic Kennon road to vehicular traffic for at least three years continues to snowball as the provincial board is on the verge of passing a resolution against the said plan.

Mt. Province

  • DOST brings Reg’l S&T roadshow to the people of Mt. Province

    BONTOC, Mountain Province, Nov. 21 (PIA) - - In line with its  goal of bringing science for the people, the Department of Science and Technology(DOST),  holds the annual Regional S&T Week here that generally aims to promote science, technology and innovation as a driver of development especially in the countryside.

  • Besao LGU confiscates frozen pork products

    BESAO, Mountain Province, Nov. 22(PIA) -- The local government here showed that it is serious in implementing the provincial ban on the entry of live swine/pigs, fresh and frozen pork, and pork products into the province to prevent the entry of African Swine Fever (ASF).

  • Mountain Province share national accounting awards limelight

    BONTOC, Mountain Province – The provincial government and three municipal governments stole the limelight in the recently concluded annual gathering of the Association of Government Certified Public Accountants of the Philippines as the same were adjudged for having the best accounting offices in their categories.

  • Consumers learn about sustainable consumption

    BONTOC, Mountain Province, Oct. 29 (PIA)--Consumers in the province learned about sustainable consumption in a live kapihan among Consumernet-member agencies led by the Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) in coordination with Radyo Pilipinas in celebration of Consumer Welfare Month.

  • Sagada LGU bans entry of live pigs, pork meat and products

    SAGADA, Mountain Province, Oct. 25 (PIA)-- The entry of live pigs, pork meat and pork products is banned in this town to ensure that it remains free from the African Swine Fever (ASF).

IFUGAO

  • Lagawe officials approve anti-street obstruction ordinance

    LAGAWE, Ifugao, Nov. 21 (PIA) - - Local officials here approved an ordinance prohibiting and penalizing any person causing obstruction on streets, sidewalks, avenues, alleys, bridges, parks and other similar public places.

  • Ifugao forms provincial census coordinating board

    LAGAWE, Ifugao, Nov. 19 (PIA) - - The Provincial Census Coordinating Board (PCCB)  has been  formed here in preparation for the 2020 Census Of Population and Housing.

  • Ifugao students trained on basic life support

    HINGYON, Ifugao, Nov. 13 (PIA) - - Government agencies here are continuously providing enhancement training to students to be disaster first responders in the community to prevent the loss of lives and properties.

  • A. Lista stude tops 1st PhilHealth quiz bee in Ifugao

    LAGAWE, Ifugao, Nov. 13 (PIA) - -  A student from Alfonso Lista topped  the “First PhilHealth National Quiz Bee”   conducted by the Philippine Health Insurance Corporation in partnership with the Department of Education  in the province.

  • Ifugao PPOC,PDAC declare NPAs persona non-grata

    LAGAWE, Ifugao, Nov. 8 (PIA) - - The Provincial Peace and Order Council (PPOC) and the Provincial Anti-Drug Abuse Council (PADAC)  passed a joint resolution declaring the Communist Party of the Philippines, New People’s Army, National Democratic Front (CPP-NPA-NDF)  and other threat groups as persona non-grata.

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