NYC alarmed on hike in teenage pregnancy PDF Print E-mail
Sunday, 29 April 2012 14:12

The National Youth Commission today expressed alarm over the recorded increase in teenage pregnancy reported by the UNFPA. According to the international body, teenage pregnancy in the Philippines increased by 70% over the past 10 years. They add that the country ranks first with a pregnancy rate of 53 in every 1,000 women aged 15 to 19 among ASEAN’s six major economies.

The youth body stressed that the incidence of teenage pregnancy is reaching alarming proportions. “This problem is growing exponentially. It is becoming commonplace in the youth’s field of experience. Most young people would usually have a friend or know a peer who became pregnant at a young age,” NYC Commissioner Perci Cendaña said.

In the agency’s National Youth Assessment Study, it was revealed that unplanned pregnancy is one of the main reasons why young people do not complete their education. “Teen pregnancy has many dimensions and its strongest impact is on the young mother whose future will be jeopardized because she needs to take on the responsibilities of being a mother at a very young age.”

The only way to stop this debilitating trend is to reduce risky behavior of the youth. “Age-appropriate reproductive health education is key to influencing the lifestyle of young people so that they can be made more responsible of their actions.  Kung walang edukasyon, patuloy na lalala ang problemang ito.”

The NYC is renewing its call for the immediate passage of the Reproductive Health Bill. “The need for a national RH policy is so obvious now more than ever. Kailangan ng mga kabataan ng RH education. Hindi na dapat patagalin pa dahil pwedeng maging isang ganap na krisis ang problemang ito,” Commissioner Cendaña stressed.

“We appeal to our legislators to address immediately this pressing problem of the Filipino youth. Failure to do so is tantamount to betraying the young of our country.” 

The NYC was created in 1995 under the RA 8044 otherwise known as the “Youth in Nation-Building Act,” as the policy-making coordinating body of all youth-related institutions, programs, projects, and activities of the government. It operated under the Office of the President of the Philippines. — Marlo A. Enriquez