Official Publication of the Philippine Information Agency Bicol Regional Office, in cooperation with the RIAC-REDIRAS - RDC Bicol

Tuesday, July 12, 2016

POPCOM “investing in teenage girls” for World Population Day celebration in Bicol

By Sally Atento-Altea

LEGAZPI CITY, July 12 (PIA) – This year’s activities and programs of the Commission on Population (POPCOM) for the month-long celebration of World Population Day will focus on pursuing the welfare of teenage girls.

POPCOM Bicol director Magdalena G. Abellera said this year’s theme “Investing in Teenage Girls” for the WPD celebration highlights the importance of prioritizing programs that promote young girls’ education, health, and employment for national development.

“Every teenage girl has the right to a safe and successful transition into adulthood and the right to embrace the opportunities that the future holds for them,” Abellera said.

Abellera cited the study conducted by the United Nations Populations Fund (UNFPA) that teenage girls around the world face greater challenges than their male counterparts while almost 20 million teenage girls in developing countries suffer from sexual abuse and the complications of pregnancy and childbirth.

“In developing countries, almost 20 million girls between ages 15 to 19 give birth each day, and ten percent of girls who had sex before age 15 said it was coerced.  Suicide and complications of pregnancy and childbirth are the leading causes of death among girls between the ages of 15 and 19,”she added.

The kickoff activity for the WDP celebration in the Bicol region started yesterday with a motorcade at 6:30AM around Legazpi City and Daraga followed by a short at the Activity Center of Embarcadero de Legazpi. The activity was attended by partner agencies, youth groups, population program officers, and the media.

Abellera said a summit on teenage pregnancy will also be conducted on July 18 together with Legazpi City Health Office (LCHO) to be participated in by some 100 teen mothers from the different barangays of the city.  Resource persons from the Department of Health and LCHO will discuss teen pregnancy, access to health services and the importance of facility-based delivery.

The National Nutrition Council, TESDA, Legazpi City Population and Nutrition Office, Department of Education Education-ALS, and the Philippine National Police,will be setting up their booths for young mothers to receive information on child rearing, nutrition, livelihood skills, alternative learning, and the laws on violence against women.

Youth camp and film making workshop has been earlier conducted on July 6-7 at La Edley Resort with 72 Grades 9, 10, and 11 students and their coaches from the thirteen (13) divisions in the province.

 Abellera further urged Local Government Units, Academe, Media, Civil Society Organizations (CSOs), National Government Agencies (NGAs), and Non-Government Organizations (NGOs) in the region to support the celebration by hanging streamers, conducting activities relative to the theme, or highlighting the message of investing in adolescent girls in their agency’s activities. (MAL/SAA-PIA5/Albay)

- See more at: http://news.pia.gov.ph/article/view/2571468294910/popcom-investing-in-teenage-girls-for-world-population-day-celebration-in-bicol#sthash.NRhGmYeE.dpuf

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