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Teenage fertility cases ‘decrease’ in RO2, Baggao now top 2

TUGUEGARAO CITY, Philippines- From being the town with most number of teenage fertility incidents in Region 02, Baggao, Cagayan has landed second place as teenage pregnancy cases have been slightly decreasing in Cagayan Valley.

Commission on Population (PopCom) Regional Director Angelito Obcena said Baggao’s descent in the list also meant that cases of teenage pregnancy in the region “really went down.”

“Nakikita namin per municipality [at] per city, [kasama] yung mga naconduct namin na interventions, it really went down,” he said. Obcena added that their observation was based on the data they gathered from the provincial level down to barangays.

Obcena revealed that Tuguegarao City now tops the list of most number of teenage pregnancy incidents in Region 02. Baggao is followed by Santiago City.

“At least makikita mo, kung hindi naman siya bumababa, nagpa-plateu, hindi na siya tumataas and eventually later on, hopefully, it will go down,” he said.

“It only shows yung awareness. Once they realize the problem, and then i-present mo sa kanila kung ano ang consequences ng teenage pregnancy, and also bakit mataas ang [kaso ng] teenage pregnancy, medyo nag-iisip na sila,” he added.

In the Young Adult Fertility and Sexuality study conducted in 2013, the highest teenage fertility rate was reported in Cagayan Valley with 18.1%, and in Cordillera Administrative Region.

Assistant Regional Director-designate Herita Ondasan Macarubbo said they are hoping that the number of cases will decrease in the next study.

“Sana bumaba siya [cases] kasi sa ating strat plan [ng PopCom], gusto natin maging 10% na lang.” she said.

Meanwhile, Macarubbo said the agency attributes the decline of cases to the local government of Baggao’s interventions. She also noted the support and political will of local officials in PopCom’s efforts.

Macarubbo, who assumes as new regional director on December 8, said Baggao created a team to address the situation.

Aside from this, PopCom also intensified their programs such as parenting education, and You for You and Breaking the barrier sessions in the town. Northernforum.net


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