The University of Baguio, through its supportive administration, is the first identified mega - site under the Baguio City's Vaccination Action Plan. On Monday, it also hosted the first vaccination simulation program led by the City Health Services Office. (CCD/PIA CAR)

Mayor Benjamin Magalong assures the city government's readiness with Vaccination Action Plan and Operation Center and enough manpower in place. (CCD/PIA CAR)

Higher Education Institutions offering medicine and allied health programs may now open limited face-to-face classes according to Commission on Higher Education - CAR Director Danilo Bose (second left). (SCA-PIA-CAR, Benguet)

BFAR-CAR Regional Director Lilibeth Signey turned over solar-powered venturi aeration system to the fisherfolks in Barangay Santa Filomena in Calanasan to officials led by Sangguniang Bayan Member Kyle Mariah Bulut, Municipal Agriculturist Luisa Magna and fisherfolk Loreto Asuncion. BFAR-CAR photos

The Big Kettle is a new come on of the Polig's Berry Farm in Ambassador, Tublay in Benguet. It is one of the tourist attractions opened even during the General Community Quarantine. (photo courtesy of the Polig's Berry Farm)

POPCOM: Teenage pregnancy, an emerging crisis this COVID pandemic

BAGUIO CITY, Feb. 19 (PIA) - - Teenage pregnancy remains to be a challenge, and   is becoming an emerging crisis in this Coronavirus disease pandemic, according to the Commission on Population.


 POPCOM, in partnership with the Philippine Legislators Committee on Population and Development (PLCPD) Foundation Inc.,  led a virtual Dissemination Forum on the latest data on adolescent pregnancy and top concerns of women in the Philippines during the COVID – 19 pandemic  last  Feb. 17

 Social Weather Station Deputy Director Vladimir Licudine shared  that a  nationwide survey on women’s concern and family planning that SWS conducted last November 21 – 25, 2020 showed  that  of the 1,500 respondents (18 years old and above), 59 percent said early teenage pregnancy is the current priority concern among women. It is  followed by physical violence and unexpected pregnancy   both at 11%;  sexual violence and emotional violence at 7% , and  lack of access to family planning information at 4%.

Based on the survey, the concern on teenage pregnancy came out as top concern per geographical area with 51% of the respondents in Metro Manila, 60% of the respondents in Visayas, 67% of respondents in Mindanao and 56% of the respondents in Luzon.

POPCOM Executive Director Juan Antonio Perez III affirmed that teenage pregnancy is an emerging crisis in this period of COVID period.

Perez  informed that from 2011 to 2019, teenage pregnancy  have been  increasing  each year with PSA data showing 41,755 live births among teenage moms in the nine – year  period and with the estimate of 29,478 more young mothers in 2020. With the projection of another 29,000 this year, POPCOM expects that teenage mothers will reach 133,000 from 2011 up the end of 2021.

With such emerging concern, Perez stressed the need for a whole of government approach to address the imminent crisis and for the whole community and society to get involved especially the family, parents, teachers and the media.

For the government, he shared that POPCOM and the Department of Social Welfare and Development are looking into a joint program that will help in the social protection of young mothers and their children.

 Perez also calls for legislative support for such concern, which PLCPD Executive Director Rom Dongeto also supported.  Congress must look into an ideal law for teenage/adolescent pregnancy prevention and social protection law, Dongeto said during the forum. (JDP/CCD-PIA CAR)    

By Carlito C. Dar




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