Taguig City acts to prevent teenage pregnancy


Mayor Lani seeks support of community

Taguig City Mayor Lani Cayetano has appealed to educators and parents in the city to help the local government in its mission to reduce the incidence of teenage pregnancy.

 

During her State of the City Children’s Address (SOCCA) on November 15, Mayor Lani lamented that cases of teenage pregnancy in the city remains high. Data collected by the Taguig City Health Office show that for the first nine (9) months of 2016 there have been 1,466 cases of teenage pregnancy reported.

 

Dr. Norena R. Osano, Taguig City’s Maternal, Neonatal and Child Health Nutrition (MNCHN) coordinator, nonetheless reported that the city was able to achieve the National Objectives for Health (NOH) target for teenage pregnancy. As of September this year, the teenage pregnancy rate in Taguig is only 1.8 percent of the eligible population in the 10-19 years old female adolescent demographic. The national target is 4 percent of the eligible population group.

 

“Although we are able to beat the target, a disturbing trend is that pregnant teenagers are getting younger. We will have to modify our programs to meet this challenge,” said Dr. Osano.

 

Despite the city’s on-target performance, Mayor Cayetano finds the situation unacceptable. “The teenage mothers are basically still children and adolescents who should be in school getting an education and then a career. Their unplanned pregnancy restricts them to their homes taking care of a child. The adverse consequences on their future are multifold and cannot be downplayed.”

 

To promote the advocacy against Teenage Pregnancy, teen centers were set up and incorporated in the health centers of Bagumbayan, Western Bicutan and Central Signal. The teen centers are manned by voluntary peer educators who were trained by the Department of Health, international non-government organization “Save the Children,” and city health staff members. The volunteer peer educators counsel teenagers, both students and out-of-school youth, on their problems.

 

The local government of Taguig intends to widen the program to include all 31 health centers of the city.

 

The Taguig City Health Office also trained midwives to help assist the adolescents visiting health centers. With the help of the City Social Welfare and Development Office (CSWDO), counseling and house visits are regularly offered to teenagers.

 

Mayor Lani also asked for the cooperation of parents, teachers and school principals to make sure that those students who get pregnant at an early age will get the counseling sessions they need and will still be able to go back to school after giving birth.

 

“If the child commits a mistake, in this instance, she got pregnant; I truly believe that this is not the end for her to have a bright future. I want the city government to find every means to help and support these children in continuing their education,” she added.

 

Taguig Social Welfare Officer Jurita P. Olvido said that the support from the parents should never stop because they still need to provide the needs of their children — education, health and protection. She also stressed that “there is a great importance in strengthening the values formation and supervision of the parents on their teenage kids.”

 

“We will help each other put an end to teenage pregnancy in our city,” Mayor Lani added. ###

 

FILIPINO VERSION:

 

Suporta ng komunidad upang maibaba ang bilang ng teenage pregnancy hiningi ni Mayor Lani

 

Umapela si Taguig Mayor Lani Cayetano sa mga guro at magulang na makipagtulungan sa lokal na pamahalaan para maibaba ang insidente ng maagang pagbubuntis sa mga kabataan.

 

Inilahad ito ni Mayor Lani sa kanyang State of the City Children’s Address o SOCCA noong ika-15 ng Nobyembre.

 

Batay sa datos na nakalap ng Taguig City Health Office, mayroong 1,466 na kaso ng maagang pagbubuntis  ang naitala sa unang siyam na buwan ng kasalukuyang taon.

 

Ayon kay Dr. Norena R. Osano,  ng Taguig City’s Maternal, Neonatal and Child Health Nutrition (MNCHN), naabot ng lungsod ang  National Objectives for Health (NOH) for teenage pregnancy.

 

Mula Setyembre ng taong ito, mayroon lamang na 1.8 porsyento sa buong populasyon ng batang kababaihan na may edad 10-19 ang apektado ng maagang pagbubuntis. Ang pambansang pamantayan sa buong populasyon ng batang kababaihan ay 4 na porsiyento.

 

“Kahit napagtagumpayan natin na manatiling mas mababa sa apat na porsyento ang bilang ng maagang pagbubuntis, nakakaalarma pa rin na pabata nang pabata ang mga kabataan na nakararanas nito. Kailangan nating baguhin ang ating mga programa upang maharap natin ang hamon na ito,” salaysay ni Dr. Osano.

 

Sa kabila ng mahusay na gawain ng lungsod, hindi pa rin katanggap-tanggap ang sitwasyon na ito ayon sa punong lungsod.

 

Maituturing pa ring mga bata ang mga teenage mother na dapat sana ay nasa paaralan upang mag-aral at makakuha ng magandang trabaho kalaunan. Ang kanilang hindi planadong pagbubuntis ang pumipigil sa kanila upang manatili sa tahanan at mag-alaga ng kanilang anak. Ang posibleng negatibong kahihinatnan ng kanilang kinabukasan ay hindi maaaring balewalain.”

 

Upang mapalaganap ang impormasyon laban sa maagang pagbubuntis ay binuo ang mga teen centers sa loob ng mga health centers ng Bagumbayan, Western Bicutan at Central Signal. Boluntaryong pinamahalaan ang teen centers ng mga peer educators na sinanay at tinuruan ng Department of Health  kasama ang isang international non-government organization na “Save the Children,” at ilang health officials ng lungsod. Ang mga peer educators ang mga boluntaryong kumakausap at nagpapayo tungkol sa mga problema ng mga kabataan- nag-aaral man o out-of-school youth.

 

Ang lokal na pamahalaan ng Taguig ay nagnanais na palawakin pa ang programa sa health centers ng lungsod.

 

Nagsanay rin ang Taguig City Health Office ng mga kumadrona upang tulungan ang mga kabataan sa health centers. Sa tulong ng City Social Welfare and Development Office o CSWDO, regular na naibibigay ang counseling at pagbisita sa bahay-bahay sa mga kabataan.

 

Humingi rin ng tulong at kooperasyon mula sa mga magulang, guro at mga punong guro si Mayor Lani upang masiguro na ang mga batang nakararanas ng maagang pagbubuntis ay mapayuhan at matulungang maipagpatuloy ang kanilang pag-aaral pagkatapos manganak.

 

“Kapag ang bata nagkamali, sa pagkakataong ito, nabuntis nang maaga; Naniniwala po akong hindi pa ito ang katapusan ng kanyang magandang kinabukasan. Gusto ko pong pumasok ang pamahalaan dito. Magtulung-tulong po tayong maghanap ng paraan upang matulungan at magabayan ang mga bata na makabalik sa kanilang pag-aral,” dagdag ni Mayor Lani.

 

Ayon kay Taguig Social Welfare Officer Jurita P. Olvido, hindi dapat kailanman matapos ang suporta ng mga magulang sapagkat kailangan pa rin nilang ibigay ang pangangailangan ng kanilang mga anak – edukasyon, kalusugan at proteksyon. Binigyang-diin niya na “mayroong malaking importansya ang pagpapatibay ng paghubog sa magandang pag-uugali at paggabay ng mga magulang sa kanilang mga anak.

 

“Magtutulungan po tayo upang matuldukan na ang maagang pagbubuntis ng mga kabataan sa ating lungsod,” dagdag pa ni Mayor Lani. ###


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