Beneficaries of the AquaPonics solar - powered system in a photo opt with Mayor Benjamin Magalong (backrow second from right) and BFAR - CAR officials headed by Regional Director Lilibeth Signey ( frontrow left). (CCD/PIA CAR)

Benguet Governor Melchor Diclas, La Trinidad Mayor Romeo Salda and personnel at the TTMF led by Dr. Nora Ruiz leads simple send-off ceremony for six recovered patients discharged from the Provincial Temporary Treatment and Monitoring Facility in Wangal, La Trinidad, Benguet.(photos from Benguet Governor’s Office)

Baguio City Mayor Benjamin Magalong commends the Bureau of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources for its Urban Aquaponics project with vegetable and fish production as he assures the city government's support to this project that helps ensure food sufficency and availability. (CCD/PIA CAR)

DA-CAR OIC Regional Director Cameron Odsey with ACT-CIS Representative anf Benguet Legislative Caretaker Eric Go Yap and Governor Melchor Diclas turn over assiatnce to farmer beneficiaries in the province of Benguet , and to DSWD-CAR for the implementation of the Gulayan sa Barangay for Pantawid Pamilya beneficiaries and rge Department of Education Benguet for the Gulayan sa Paaralan programon at the Benguet Capitol on August 27, 2020. (RMC-PIA-CAR)

Teenage pregnancy cases in Benguet drop

LA TRINIDAD, Benguet, Sept. 29(PIA) - - Teenage pregnancy cases in  the province showed a drop for the past two years based on records of the Provincial Health Office.


PHO records showed that from 1,046 teenage pregnancies in 2017, it spiraled down to 549 cases or a drop of almost 50 percent in 2018. and  further down to  239  cases in 2019.

Provincial Health Office Medical Health Officer III Dr. Antonette Agpas during   an online forum on Adolescent Reproductive Health said teenage pregnancy is multi-factorial such that its decrease cannot be attributed to only one intervention.

“We cannot directly attribute the drop in the number of cases to our interventions but we did have interventions for awareness to the youth, capacitation of service providers in health and education. These are what we can say interventions that we have provided,” Agpas said.

In 2013 when the Young Adult Fertility Survey showed that the Cordillera region had the highest teenage pregnancy cases, it was an eye-opener which the PHO together with its partners, the Department of Health and Commission on Population, initiated programs and advocacy efforts focused on teenage pregnancy.  These were implemented in schools and local government units at the provincial and municipal levels, she informed.

Through their advocacy, adolescent friendly facilities were established in the municipalities including hospitals which now cater to more adolescents.  With the establishment of the exclusive facility, it has removed the stigma among teenagers being combined with adults in sharing their concerns, Agpas said.

Although each municipality has established its own adolescent friendly facility, based on DOH standards,  only Kibungan reached level I criteria such as documentary requirements, set-up, room, designation of a trained personnel, information and education materials, among other protocols. 

Teen centers were also established in schools while  peer educators  were trained  to  talk to their peers in schools. If there is a need for counseling they are referred to their teachers who were also trained on counselling skills. This intervention    was  found effective,  according to Agpas

The establishment of teen centers was initially piloted in Mankayan but has expanded to other schools in other towns.

Agpas said a multi-sectoral involvement is needed not only among the health and education sector to come up with a wholistic approach in dealing with issues and concerns in teenage pregnancy, (JDP/SCA-PIA-CAR, Benguet)

By Susan C. Aro



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