Teen pregnancy still on the rise

Sun.Star Baguio - - FRONT PAGE - Maria Elena Cata­jan Sun*Star Re­porter

NA­TIONAL Youth Com­mis­sion As­sis­tant Sec­re­tary Perci Cen­dana ex­pressed alarm over the con­tin­u­ous spike in pregnancy sta­tis­tics in the Cordillera re­gion.

“The lat­est teen pregnancy sta­tis­tics is even more alarm­ing be­cause the al­ready high in­ci­dence in CAR con­tin­ues to in­crease,” Cen­dana said.

To­tal de­liv­er­ies this year re­veal 1,322 against the 904 de­liv­er­ies last year com­pound­ing the al­ready high in­ci­dence of teen pregnancy in the Cordilleras which show an in­crease of 45% in 1st Se­mes­ter of 2017.

“This is a clear in­di­ca­tor that cur­rent ef­forts and in­ter­ven­tions are ei­ther not enough or are not ef­fec­tive in curb­ing the preva­lence of pregnancy among young women and girls in the re­gion,” Cedana added.

The sta­tis­tics were pre­sented dur­ing the third quar­ter meet­ing of the Re­gional Youth Ad­vi­sory Coun­cil

[RYAC] a where lat­est data on ris­ing teen pregnancy in­ci­dence was pre­sented.

Benguet con­tinue to top the charts top­ping the charts with 315 de­liv­er­ies against 229 last year among 10 – 19 years old based on the the date from the 1st se­mes­ter of 2016 com­pared to the same pe­riod this year.

Kalinga placed sec­ond with 278 de­liv­er­ies this year against the 112 from last year fol­lowed by Baguio City with 259 this year against the 117 logged last year with Abra coming in at fourth with 186 de­liv­er­ies against 58 last year.

Teen pregnancy in Ifu­gao de­creased with 86 against 139 last year while Moun­tain Province also recorded 86 against the 104 logged pre­vi­ously.

Cen­dana said the sta­tis­tics should serve as a wake call to all stake­hold­ers to be more re­spon­sive and ag­gres­sive in ad­dress­ing this press­ing re­gional con­cern.

“The lat­est re­port un­der­scores the need for the full im­ple­men­ta­tion of the com­pre­hen­sive sex­u­al­ity ed­u­ca­tion,” he added.

In 2013, the NYC again sounded the alarm bells when a Young Adult Fer­til­ity and Sex­u­al­ity (YAFS) Study cited the Cordilleras as the chart topper for teen pregnancy.

Then, the YAF’s sur­vey in the re­gion logged an 18.4 per­cent­age for teen fer­til­ity rates makes us top all other re­gions prompt­ing alarm bells to be raised by both the pri­vate sec­tor as well as govern­ment line agen­cies.

OFF PEAK. Prices of straw­ber­ries at the Baguio City Public Mar­ket shoots up from P400 up to P500 per kilo due to the lack of pro­duc­tion. Photo by Milo Brioso

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