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

 

Baguio

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    BAGUIO CITY, Oct.  24(PIA) - - Some interventions are crucial in sustaining the gains in the reduction of stunting which is one of the nutrition concerns in the country.

  • Bayanihan 2 to boost TTMFs in Cordillera

    BAGUIO CITY, Oct. 24 (PIA) –The Bayanihan to Recover as One Act or Bayanihan 2 is set to boost COVID-19 Treatment and Monitoring Facilities (TTMFs) in the Cordillera as TTMF occupancy rate in Baguio City hits ‘danger zone.’

  • CRDRRMC calls for heightened alert for TD 'Pepito'

    BAGUIO CITY, Oct. 20 (PIA) - - Cordillera Regional Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council chairperson and Office of Civil Defense Regional Director Albert Mogol calls for a synchronized heightened alert among the CRDRRMC member agencies  down  to  the barangay level for the possible effect of Tropical Depression Pepito.

  • DSWD pours out programs, services to conflict areas in CAR

    BAGUIO CITY, Oct. 19 (PIA) - -  Anchored on the government’s whole of nation approach under Executive Order 70 in ending local communist armed conflict (ELCAC), government agencies are  pouring in programs and services in various forms in identified conflict-affected barangays.

  • Rotary backs polio eradication campaign

    BAGUIO CITY, Oct. 19(PIA) – The Rotary Club continues to support  the  polio eradication  campaign of the government.  

Benguet

Mt. Province

  • DA-BFAR-CAR boosts fishery in Mt. Province

    BONTOC, Mountain Province, Oct. 23(PIA)  –  Fish production  in this landlocked province is gaining headway as the  Department of Agriculture (DA) - Bureau of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources (BFAR), in partnership with the provincial government continue to provide interventions.

  • TESDA-led Project 'ESEK' benefits 45 farmers in Besao

    BESAO, Mountain Province, Oct. 14 (PIA) -- Forty-five farmers in barangay Tamboan in this municipality are engaged in the training on organic agriculture production and are expected to pursue it as a livelihood.

  • DILG family supports DepEd, learners in Paracelis

    PARACELIS, Mountain Province, Oct. 7(PIA) -- The Department of the Interior  and Local Government  tri-bureau of the Bureau of Jail Management and Penology, Bureau of Fire Protection and the Philippine National Police   are working together to support the learning continuity plan of the Department of Education in this town  during this COVID-19 pandemic.

  • 26 former rebels in Mountain Province receive livelihood aid

    BONTOC, Mountain Province, Oct. 7(PIA) -- At least 26 former rebels here received financial assistance from the government.

  • Farmers in ELCAC-identified brgys get livelihood intervention

    MOUNTAIN PROVINCE--Farmers from barangays affected by the issue on insurgency in the province recently received layer chickens and carabaos under the Special Area for Agriculture and Development (SAAD) Program of the Department of Agriculture (DA) - Cordillera Regional Office.

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