Baguio City Mayor Benjamin Magalong inspects the first Rolling Store implemented at Barangay Bayan Park on Friday. RMC PIA-CAR

DOH - CAR OIC Regional Director Dr. Amelita Pangilinan, calls for compassion for health workers who are in the frontline in the fight against COVID - 19. (CCD/PIA CAR)

Agricultural products such as meat, fish and lowland and highland vegetables are also available for the market goers thur the DA-CAR during the Rolling Store in Bayan Park in Baguio City on Friday. RMC PIA-CAR

Benguet Congressional District Head Coordinator Anthony Kuan inspects the PPEs turned over to the Benguet General Hospital. (photos by the Office of the Congressman)

Benguet Red Cross Chapter Honchos in Action. PRC Benguet Board Chairman Robert Marcos Namoro together with Board of Director Maria Carantes led the distribution of face masks, alcohol, disinfectant, surgical gloves, medicine and snacks to frontliners at Sablan, Tadiangan, San Pascual, Marcos Highway and Kennon Road. (PRC Benguet Chapter)

Truckers transporting vegetables will no longer be hampered with the Department of Interior and Local Government ,s directive aligned with the National Inter-Agency Task Force guidelines that barangay checkpoints be dismantled. But they still have to pass through established Philippine National Police checkpoints and follow o other procedures in line with the Enhanced Community Quarantine. (photo by RMC-PIA-CAR, Benguet)

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Policies to boost young people lead to economic growth

LA TRINIDAD, Benguet, Mar. 3 (PIA) - - Investing in the young paves the way to achieving demographic dividend through strengthening and adopting appropriate policies.

 

This was the highlight of a policy forum on the issue on demographic dividend that focuses on the young people who will soon be taking the lead, shaping the future and replacing the working and aging population.

The forum was spearheaded by the Philippine Legislators’ Committee on Population and Development (PLCPD) with the Sulong RH Project involving six areas including the provinces of Benguet and Ifugao in the Cordillera region.

Dr. Vicente B. Jurlano, National Programme Officer of the Population and Development United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA) simply defined demographic dividend as saving and investment opportunity when households have fewer children to take care of.

To the Harried executive, it is an economic boost from a low dependency ratio.

To the policy-makers, it is a temporary acceleration of economic growth that occurs when a country’s age dependency falls during its demographic transition.

Demographic dividend came about in the last 20 years but there were many discussions, according to Jurlano.

Demographic dividend is equated to economic growth having ripple effects. This can only be achieved if there is change in the structure of country’s population as a result of fall in fertility and mortality rates and  increase in working population's productivity. It can be found in savings, labor supply, human capital, and economic growth. But the most essential ingredient is political will and policy clarity, Jurlano said.

 In the Philippines, “We are already in the stage but need to do better and the most important aspect in pursuing this is through political power,” Jurlano stressed as he commended the current administration’s strong support in the Reproductive Health/Family Planning (RH/FP) program.

 “What we need to do as a country and enjoy the benefits soon is to come up with policies,” he said. It must strike a balance on the interplay of the proportion of dependent population as to how many mouths to feed as against the working population or the hands to work.

But it starts with investing on young people. It can last 50 or more years for the first dividend and the second period can last indefinitely as an aging population invests in various investment vehicles, added Jurlano.

 In making all these happen, policies should be in place in various stages. In the person’s life cycle, Jurlano said there has to be policies in every phase such as early childhood development and child survival, and universal/quality education.

Dr. Vicente B. Jurlano, National Programme Officer – Population and Development United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA) delivers a lecture entitled,  "Demographic Dividend as a Policy Framework," among some representatives from  Sulong RH program pilot areas including  Ifugao and Benguet. (SCA-PIA-CAR, Benguet)    

For the production process are policies for fertility decline, lowering of age dependency and economic dependency, growth in savings and investment.

An existing policy which needs to be strengthened is on teenage pregnancy and additional policies to strengthen pensions.

In the transition from school to work, there has to be programs to maintain skills, build additional skills, job search, professional development, personal development, community service, and family life, he added.

Policies per sector should also be in place such as employment, education, health, and empowerment.

Jurlano said the path to attaining demographic dividend is centered on the adolescent girls which starts from school to employment, reach adult  marriage and have healthy children, security of place, work-life balance, with lifelong learning, t have wealth to be capable in investing in the child, and lastly, a secure old age.

In the transition from school to work, there has to be programs to maintain skills, build additional skills, job search, professional development, personal development, community service, and family life, he added.

Policies per sector should also be in place such as employment, education, health, and empowerment.

Jurlano said the path to attaining demographic dividend is centered on the adolescent girls which starts from school to employment, reach adult  marriage and have healthy children, security of place, work-life balance, with lifelong learning, t have wealth to be capable in investing in the child, and lastly, a secure old age.

Some key challenges  to attaining the goal as presented by Commission on Population National Capital Region Director Lydio M. Español include  slowing down  of population growth based on Philippine Statistics 2010 records  but the number of Filipinos is significantly increasing with almost two million per year.

Poor women have two children more than what they wanted though there is a decrease in the proportion of women aged 15-19 who have begun childbearing. There are inequities in nutrition and health outcomes, uneven access to education and low completion rate and high unemployment rate among youth, Español added.  (JDP/SCA-PIA-CAR, Benguet)

By Susan C. Aro

 

Baguio

  • Seven COVID – 19 patients in Baguio recover

    BAGUIO CITY, Apr. 7 (PIA) - - The city government reported  the recovery of two more COVID -19 confirmed patients in Baguio bringing to seven or 50 percent of the 14 confirmed cases recorded in the city.

  • DOH, BGHMC gear up for COVID – 19 mass testing

    BAGUIO CITY, Apr. 8 (PIA) - - The Department of Health- Cordillera and the  Baguio General  Hospital and Medical Center (BGHMC), a sub-national laboratory testing center for COVID -19,  are awaiting for additional test kits  and Realtime Polymerase Chain Reaction(RT – PCR) before the mass testing begins.

  • Baguio City rolls out rolling store during COVID-19 crisis

    BAGUIO CITY, Apr. 4(PIA) – The city government rolled out the Rolling Store project at the Bayan Park Basketball Court in the city on Friday in the midst of the implementation of the enhanced community quarantine (ECQ) to help address the limited access of people to the market or groceries to buy their needed food supplies and other necessities.

  • Cordillera COVID-19 cases soar to 18 but recoveries are high

    BAGUIO CITY, Philippines  — The number of patients afflicted with the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) in Cordillera has soared to 18 this week, but doctors also highlighted the recovery of many of these patients including a 6-year-old girl in Benguet’s capital town of La Trinidad.

  • DOH – CAR reports recovery of 4 COVID -19 cases

    BAGUIO CITY, Apr. 3 (PIA) - - Four of the COVID-19 positive patients in the Cordillera Region have recovered from the deadly disease.

Benguet

  • Clustering scheme of veggie delivery at BAPTC, LT Trading Post now in effect

    LA TRINIDAD, Benguet, Apr.8 (PIA) - - In continuing efforts to ensure that the flow of highland vegetable supply to Metro Manila and the lowland markets is assured while adhering to the protocols   of the Enhanced Community Quarantine (ECQ) due to the threat of the deadly coronavirus 2019, the provincial government set a clustering scheme for the unloading or delivery of vegetables in the government-run trading posts in this capital town.  

  • DILG orders removal of barangay checkpoints to ease flow of goods

    LA TRINIDAD, Benguet, Apr.5(PIA) - - The Department of the Interior and Local Government (DILG) ordered the dismantling of barangay checkpoints installed along national and provincial roads established by the local government units to allow the smooth flow of traffic and unhampered movement of goods and essential commodities during  imposition of the Luzon-wide Enhanced Community Quarantine.

  • Benguet hospital receives donated PPEs, supplies for frontliners

    LA TRINIDAD, Benguet, Apr. 3 (PIA) -- ACT-CIS Representative and Benguet Caretaker Eric Go Yap donated more than P2.5 million-worth of personal protective equipment (PPE) and other hospital supplies for frontliners of the Benguet General Hospital (BeGH). fighting against the coronavirus (COVID-19).

  • Kabayan PNP, LGU initiate 'adopt indigent families' program

    LA TRINIDAD, Benguet, Apr. 3(PIA) - - The police forces are not only helping in peace keeping efforts but are also pooling their resources  to extend help to those in need.

  • Benguet Red Cross holds relief operations, ECQ health activities

    LA TRINIDAD, Benguet, Apr. 3(PIA) - - The Philippine Red Cross Benguet Chapter carried out relief operations including the conduct of activities during the imposition of the Luzon-wide Enhanced Community Quarantine to prevent the  spread of the coronavirus – 2019.  

Mt. Province

IFUGAO

  • Ifugao town opens trading post to help farmers

    LAMUT, Ifugao, Mar. 30 (PIA) - - The local government unit (LGU) opened  the market facility  at barangay Mabato-bato  here to help farmers in the province sell  their products  after the closure of  all  gateways of the municipality  amid the threat of the coronavirus 2019 or COVID-19.

  • Lamut town closes gateways due to COVID concerns

    LAMUT, Ifugao, Mar.  27 (PIA) - - After a week of the implementation of  the enhanced  community quarantine CQ and with   confirmed coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) cases  in  nearby areas,  the local chief executive   announced that  all entries  to and from this   municipality  dubbed the “Gateway  to Ifugao”   will be closed for the protection of everybody.

  • Ifugao includes more stakeholders in TF COVID-19

    LAGAWE, Ifugao, Mar.  27 (PIA) - - With the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19)  fast spreading in different parts of the country , Governor  Jerry Dalipog  expanded  the membership of the COVID-19 Provincial Task Force (CPTF)  to include other stakeholders  to oversee and implement preventive measures  to stop the entry of  the dreaded disease in the province.  

  • 6 Ifugao cops receive Medalya ng Kagalingan

    LAGAWE, Ifugao, Mar. 19(PIA) - - Six police officers received  citation for their  valued contributions in the arrest of wanted persons  in their respective area of assignments in the province.

  • Ifugao still COVID-free, urges vigilance to avert transmission

    LAGAWE, Ifugao, Mar. (PIA) --The Provincial Health Office  enjoins the public to cooperate and report to their respective Barangay Health Emergency Response Team  individuals who came from  corona virus disease (COVID-19)- affected places for proper action  and monitoring to prevent local transmission.

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