Cases of teenage pregnancy continue to rise

By Leandria Pagunsan

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(L-R) PIA NegOr Jenny Tilos, Dumaguete City PopCom Officer Laume Quijote, PopCom-NIR Interim Regional Director Darlynn Remolino, DPH-NegOr Provincial Health Team Leader Dr. Socrates Villamor during a Kapihan sa PIA Forum on breastfeeding and family planning. (PIA7-NegOr)

DUMAGUETE CITY (PIA)—Statistics from the Negros Oriental Provincial Health Office revealed that cases of teenage pregnacy (19 years old and below) continues to rise in Negros Oriental.

Population Commission (PopCom) Negros Island Region (NIR) regional director Darlynn Remolino bared in a Kapihan sa PIA recently that teenage pregnancy in Negros Oriental recorded 4,103 cases in 2014 and 4,895 in 2015.  For the first quarter of 2016, DOH recorded another 889 pregnancies

This according to Remolino is a serious concern because the trend is not only in Negros Oriental but all over the country. The topic “Family Planning and Breastfeeding Keys to Sustainable Development” was discussed during the Kapihan.

In addressing the problem, Remolino bared that PopCom established the Learning Package for Education Development (LPED) where parents and children discuss topics on responsible parenthood, adolescent and sexuality issues facilitated by trained staff from DOH and PopCom.

Moreover, PopCom also organized teen centers for young people through information caravan managed by the Dumaguete Youth Leaders for Development (DYLD) as peer educators on sexuality issues and learn life skills in avoiding risky behaviors that can lead to teenage pregnancy and its consequences in their young lives.

On the issue of family planning and breastfeeding, Remolino revealed that breastfeeding is not only healthy for infants but also a form of natural family planning because exclusive breastfeeding for a period of six months can delay ovulation of the mother.

“The baby will grow healthy while the mother can plan very well her role in taking care of the family with proper birth spacing, “ Remolino said.

Through the National Implementing Program of PopCom, the local government units (LGUs) are also encouraged to implement policies of the Reproductive Health (RH) Law through the Department of Interior and Local Government (DILG).

Dr. Socrates Villamor of the Department of Health as lead agency in advocating breastfeeding and family planning said breastfeeding reduces child mortality rate and ensures the health and nutrition of both mother and infant.

Villamor cited Republic Act 10028 known as the Expanded Breastfeeding Act 0f 2009  mandating business establishments, malls and work place to put up lactating station for mothers to continually breastfeed and enhance mother-infant relationship.

In observance of August as Family Planning month, Laume Quijote of the Dumaguete City PopCom office said they have on-going family planning sessions for husbands and wives, capacitating service providers and health workers in advocating population issues through seminars and training and the so called “cross roads” sessions for youth on their rights and responsibilities.(mbcn/lpp/PIA-7/Negros Oriental/This article was originally published at PIA website on Aug. 17, 2016)

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