Solons Pushing Bill to Curb Suicide among Youth

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Solons Pushing Bill to Curb Suicide among Youth


Alarmed by the declaration of the World Health Organization (WHO) that suicide is the second leading cause of death globally among young people aged 15 to 29, women lawmakers are pushing for the passage of a bill that would include " life planning" course in the elementary and secondary education to address suicide among the youth.

Deputy Minority Leader and YACAP party-list Rep. Carol Jayne Lopez, Anak Mindanao party list Rep. Sitti Djalia Turabin-Hataman, and Gabriela party-list Rep. Luz Ilagan rallied behind the immediate passage of House Bill 2075, which was filed by Pangasinan Ma. Georgina P. De Venecia.

Lopez, who co-authored the measure, urged her colleagues to join them in moving forward HB 2075, which has yet to be discussed by the House Committee on Youth and Sports Development, chaired by Davao del Norte Rep. Anthony del Rosario.

"With the youth of today being exposed to technology and foregoing the interpersonal relationships enjoyed in the past and with the busy schedules of parents and guardians in trying to earn a decent living, suicide among young people needs to be addressed properly," Lopez said.

"Suicide is an utterly empty loss and could be prevented," she added. …

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