PH-wide social protection program for teenage mothers and children rolls out in Ormoc City

Eastern Visayas record 7,000 teenage pregnancies in 2019. PHOTO CONTRIBUTED

As part of the national roll-out of the Social Protection Program for Teenage Mothers and Their Children (SPPAMC), the Commission on Population and Development (Popcom) welcomed the town of Ormoc to Leyte as a local government unit (UGL) pioneer in piloting the advantageous regime.

This positive development in the government’s drive to provide comprehensive protection to vulnerable members of society was announced when Mayor Richard Gomez signed the Ormoc City Executive Order (EO) 216 in early November.

The document stipulates the continued provision of “opportunities for education, access to health services and other forms of assistance. [safeguarding a better quality of life while reducing poverty incidence and other vulnerabilities to serve] the best interests of the city and its constituents. “

In the OE, Gomez and city officials acknowledged that “one of the emerging threats to adolescent and youth development is the increasing incidence of pregnancies, especially among young girls.”

They said that social illness “can seriously hamper [the young] to realize their aspirations and potentials; thus affecting their ability to contribute to the socio-economic development of their families and communities. “

Citing vital statistics and vital statistics data from the Philippine Statistics Authority from 2019, the regional director revealed that the Eastern Visayas region recorded 7,000 teenage pregnancies in 2019 with at least eight young people. mothers who had given birth at the age of 13.

She said that the SPPAMC activated in Ormoc City will encourage young people to rise above their conditions and remain productive citizens.

“SPPAMC is the tangible manifestation of the national government to ensure that no one is left behind in terms of progress and development, including nearly 200,000 young Filipino mothers and their children,” said Popcom Regional Director Elnora Pulma.

Joel C. Hicks