Hontiveros Asks Congress to Pass Measure to Prevent Teenage Pregnancy

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Hontiveros Asks Congress to Pass Measure to Prevent Teenage Pregnancy


By Mario Casayuran

Opposition Senator Risa Hontiveros, chairwoman of the Senate committee on women, has formally asked Congress to pass a measure to develop a national program of action and an investment plan for the prevention of teenage pregnancy.

In a sponsorship speech of Senate Bill 1482, or "The Teenage Pregnancy Prevention Act" during the Senate regular session, Hontiveros said her committee report on the bill mandates all provinces and chartered cities to organize and operationalize an Information and Service Delivery Network for Adolescent Health and Development (ISDN-AHD).

Among the services advanced by the measure, according to Hontiveros, are postnatal family planning and counseling, workshops on parenting as well as psycho-social and mental health support for teenage mothers.

She said the bill also reminds educational institutions and places of employment that suspension, expulsion, dismissal or denial of admission is prohibited against pregnant girls.

Hontiveros said teenage pregnancy in the country has been a growing concern.

Citing data from the Commission on Population (PopCom), the lady lawmaker said the number of teenage pregnancy cases has increased from 1,700 in 2014 to 1,986 in 2015.

The United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA) reported that teenage pregnancy remains a challenge in the Philippines despite the country's strong support for family planning.

"We want our children to be children and to actually have a childhood. …

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