Vizcaya teen pregnancies up

BAYOMBONG, Nueva Vizcaya—Amid the alarming prevalence of teenage pregnancy here, Governor Ruth Padilla has asked the assistance of the Population Commission (Popcom) in Cagayan Valley to backstop the local government in value formation.

“This is due to lack of parental guidance among the youth as a result of parents going abroad leaving their children to relatives and friends taking care of them,” she said.

Padilla called for the cooperation of parents, community, church, schools, line agencies of the government and the media saying “the case of teenage pregnancy is alarming.”

She said the family could no longer solve it alone and there is a need for everybody’s participation especially now that most parents are Overseas Filipino Workers.

Padilla also said parents are needed to set boundaries at the same time foster  open communication among their children.

In a recent survey on teenage pregnancy from 2011 to 2013, Popcom said that Nueva Vizcaya ranked third in teenage pregnancy cases in Region 2 with Isabela as top notcher followed by Cagayan province.

Angelita Obcena, Popcom Region 2 director, said family bonding was crucial in resolving the issue.

“Most of teenage pregnancy victims are those who are away from their parents and once a teen gets pregnant, she may lost a good future,” she said.

Padilla said during the recently held 2nd Provincial Population Congress at the Nueva Vizcaya State University that the province is determined to promote value formation as key component in curbing teenage pregnancy.

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