MAMBAJAO, Camiguin, February 1 (PIA) – The cases of teenage pregnancy here in the province is reported to post significant decreases.
From year to 2011 to 2014, the provinces have recorded a total of 1,155 teenage mothers.
The Provincial Health Office bared that that in 2015 they only recorded some 152 cases, significantly lower when compared to the 209 cases in 2014, and 331 monitored teenage pregnancies in 2013.
The governor attributed the decrease to various interventions initiated in partnership with the Commission on Population (POPCOM).
He said apart from the regular reproductive health sessions conducted to high school students, responsible parenting and family planning topics were also incorporated in the family development sessions at the community level.
Last year, the province launched the Kalalakihang Tapat sa Resposibilidad at Obligasyon sa Pamilya (KATROPA), reaching 750 fathers with an aim of educating men on their responsibilities towards their wives and children, including some important provisions of RA 9262 or commonly known sa Violence Against Women And Children (VAWC) law.
A school-based teen center is also established at the Mambajao National High School (MNHS) on December 2014. This center is now actively operating as haven for student where they can freely learn and share their experiences with their teachers and friends by organizing peer counselors.
Just last year, the You-4-You (U4U) Teen Trail was also launched, an online and mobile technology that bring critical information directly to the youth. It is highly interactive and designed to br bring information in the form of games, movies, songs, and dances. (JCV/PIA)