Benguet health board bats for board­ing home reg­u­la­tion

Sun.Star Baguio - - Front Page - Lau­ren Alimondo Sun*Star Re­porter

law­mak­ers are be­ing urged to reg­u­late board­ing houses to curb the cases of teenage preg­nancy in the prov­ince.

The Pro­vin­cial Health Board rec­om­mended to the 13 mu­nic­i­pal coun­cil of Benguet to en­act or­di­nances that would reg­u­late board­ing houses to help curb the pre­vail­ing teenage preg­nancy rate.

The board ap­proved Res­o­lu­tion No. 201801, “rec­om­mend­ing to the mu­nic­i­pal­i­ties of the prov­ince of Benguet en­act­ing or­di­nance that would reg­u­late board­ing houses.”

Based on the re­cent cen­sus, Benguet has a pop­u­la­tion of 464,636 where some 92,930 be­long to the 15-24 years old age group.

In 2017, the health board re­ported there

where at least 1,046 de­liv­er­ies from teen where the youngest was recorded at 10 while the old­est was 19.

Based on stud­ies con­ducted in Benguet, ob­ser­va­tions of health work­ers shows board­ing houses seem to be one of the con­trib­u­tory fac­tors for teenage preg­nancy.

“There ap­pears to be no reg­u­la­tion in some board­ing houses as re­gards to cur­few hours, sleep­ing over, drink­ing and smok­ing,” the res­o­lu­tion adds ap­proved by Pro­vin­cial Health Board Chair­man and Benguet Gover­nor Cres­cen­cio Pa­calso.

The res­o­lu­tion was based on the the Depart­ment of Health Ad­min­is­tra­tive Oder No. 2013-0013 or the Na­tional Pol­icy and Strate­gic Frame­work on Ado­les­cent Health Devel­op­ment Pro­gram which tar­gets pri­mar­ily ado­les­cents 10-19 years old states that Ado­les­cent Youth Health Pro­gram will com­ple­ment ex­ist­ing pro­gram which serves to pro­tect the rights of chil­dren un­der 18 years old.

As such, re­sources need to be di­rected to this age group to pre­vent preg­nan­cies be­fore the age 20, to de­crease risky be­hav­iors among ado­les­cents.

The Cordillera Ad­min­is­tra­tive Re­gion recorded a teenage fer­til­ity rate of 18.4 per­cent higher than the na­tional av­er­age rate of 13.6 per­cent.

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