CAGAYAN DE ORO CITY, Feb. 27 (PIA) - During the recent episode of the Talakayan sa PIA, Population and Development Commission (POPCOM) Information Officer Kasherette Amandac disclosed that region 10 ranked second in teenage pregnancy cases in the country next to Davao region, which got the first spot.
"Around 200,000 youth give birth every year in the entire the Philippines and unfortunately region 10 ranked second next to Davao Region with 14.7%," she said.
POPCOM is now very alarmed by the increasing rate of teenage pregnancy that is happening in the country. Aside from adolescents aged of 15-19 years old indulged in teenage pregnancy, the demographic seems to go further lower with reports of 10-14 years old getting pregnant.
"For the past few years if we will look at the young adult fertility and sexuality study from the first survey made way back to 1980s up to 2013, we can see that the teenage pregnancy cases did not decrease but are increasing. Asnd we are only looking at the data of 15-19 years old and we have not looked at the 10-14 years old," Amandac said.
Due to the increased case of teenage pregnancy, there are many adolescents that have been availing themselves of the responsible parenthood and family program of the commission.
Adolescents who are already childbearing are given the information with regard to the family planning program, its pros, and cons, advantages and disadvantages for them to choose what program will be helpful for them to reduce repeat pregnancy.
"Our main goal in the adolescent health and development program is to reduce the repeat pregnancy. It is not only that we have many adolescents give birth at a young age, many of them also have a repeat pregnancy. They give birth at the age of 13, 14, 15. That is what we want to prevent," she added.
Preventing repeat pregnancy to adolescents allows them to recover from pregnancy and give them a chance to return and finish their schooling to give themselves and family hope for a better future.
For this year's celebration of POPCOM's 52nd anniversary, its focus is on the adolescents and on the prevention of teenage pregnancy through giving appropriate and accurate information.
The target demographic for the campaign is now at 10-17 years old and that the previously age bracket of 18-19 years old had been moved to their responsible parenthood and family planning program since the said age bracket now considered as marrying age. (JAKA/PIA10)