Issue of October 1, 2017
     
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Poets shed light on rising cases of teenage pregnancy in CAR
by Ofelia C. Empian

Poets from all over the city converged to shed light on the rising teenage pregnancy and took a stand on the reproductive health status in the Cordillera. 

Dubbed, “Bagik ti bagik” (I am in control of my body), the poetry slam gathered students and young professionals who rendered their piece on RH issues on Sept. 30.

The event is in partnership with the Forum for Family Planning and Development, Inc. an organization that aims to spread awareness and discuss topics on reproductive health.

“Last year, the Cordillera Administrative Region (CAR) had the most number of cases of teenage pregnancy in the country. In this light, the poetry slam aims to address issues on sex education, reproductive health, and teenage pregnancy,” organizers stated. 

The National Youth Commission this year reported a continuous increase of cases of pregnancy in the region.

Total deliveries this year revealed a total of 1,322 against the 904 deliveries last year compounding the already high incidence of teen pregnancy in the Cordillera, which show an increase of 45 percent in the first semester of 2017.

The statistics were reported during the third quarter meeting of Cordillera Regional Youth Advisory Council where latest data on rising teen pregnancy incidence was presented.

Statistics were based from the first semester of 2016 against the same period of this year.

Data show that among the number of deliveries by youth aged 10-19 years old, Benguet topped the chart with 315 deliveries against 229 last year.

Next in rank is Kalinga with 278 deliveries this year against the 112 last year followed by Baguio City with 259 against the 117 logged last year with Abra coming in with 186 deliveries against 58 last year.

Ifugao recorded one of the lowest with 86 against 139 last year while Mountain Province had 86 against the 104 previous cases.

One of the winners of the poetry slam will be given a chance to compete at the National Conference on Family Planning to be held in Cebu in November this year.

Said conference is aimed to provide a platform for national and local government units, development partners, private sector, youth, persons with disabilities, indigenous peoples, academe and civil society organizations to share their good practices in family planning programs demand generation and service delivery, and to share new options, researches, and latest innovations in family planning technology.


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