BUTUAN CITY, July 15 (PIA) -- With the aim to address reproductive health and fertility concerns among the growing children - the adolescents of the region, the Commission on Population (PopCom) Caraga has partnered with different government agencies, civil society organizations and church.
PopCom Caraga Regional Director Alexander Makinano is hopeful that with the partnership, the adolescents will help the adolescents become responsible especially in saying no to early sexual activity to prevent teenage pregnancy.
According to Makinano, the partnership has a started a year ago and they are looking forward for a result a year from now with the hope that there will be no unplanned pregnancy among our teenagers in future.
"As of now, teenage pregnancy is increasing in both rural and urban areas as per Philippine Statistics Authority Demographic Survey Result," Makinano said. However, urban areas are higher in cases compared to the rural due to unregulated accessibility pornographic materials including social media access of young people, he said.
"The higher the exposure among our growing children to pornographic materials, the higher the probability they would engage in sex," Makinano added.
Makinano also said that there is a resolution by the Caraga Regional Development Council requesting government offices concerned to closely supervise, monitor and even restricts the minors especially during school hours from using the internet, and not allow owners to maintain closed cubicles in their internet cafes.
Moreover, Makinano said that parents still hold the responsibility to monitor their children's activities.
Meanwhile, Department of Health Caraga regional director Jose Llacuna, Jr. said that giving the right health information is very important. He urges partner media, the press to disseminate the correct information on health especially on family planning. The government is doing its part in providing good health but it is the responsibility of every individual to maintain it, he said. (NCLM/PIA Caraga)