CHO calls for responsible parenthood vs teen moms PDF Print E-mail
Friday, 22 July 2016 13:31

By VIC LARATO

City Health Officer Rodel Agbulos has cited the urgent need for responsible parenthood amid the rising cases of teenage pregnancy in the city nowadays.

“Our office provides family planning methods, but we do not just give any methods left and right. Responsible parenthood should really come in. There really is a need for parents to guide their children,” Dr. Agbulos said at the press briefing in City Hall Monday.

Agbulos admitted though the cases of teenage pregnancy in Zamboanga City are increasing but not as high as those in other cities like Cebu and Metro Manila.

According to the United Nations Population Fund, among six major economies in the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN), the Philippines has the highest rate of teenage pregnancies and is the only country where the rate is increasing.

A UN study further showed that one in 10 young Filipino women ages 15 to 19 is already a mother.

The data from the Philippine Statistical Authority (PSA) revealed that every hour, 24 babies are delivered by teenage mothers, which calls for concern.— Vic Larato