Wednesday , June 20, 2018

Dumaguete’s teen pregnancy, youth offender cases dip

THE Dumaguete City Government has reported that incidents of teenage pregnancy and children in conflict with the law have significantly decreased.

City Public Information Officer Dems Demecillo attributed this to the consistent intervention of professionals tasked in inculcating values and discipline among the youth.

Demecillo said that in 2016, there were 318 cases of teenage pregnancy but it dropped to 269 this year.

However, based on the records of the Dumaguete City Population Office, the top five barangays with cases of teenage pregnancy are Bagacay with 31 cases; Banilad, 24; Candau-ay, 23; Cadawinonan, 21; and Daro, 20.

Barangays with no cases are Poblacion 5, Poblacion 6, and Poblacion 7.

There were 32 minors involved in drug cases, of which 29 are males and 3 are females.

The number of minors in conflict with the law is less in 2017 with 24 cases, compared to 2016 with 66 children.

Meanwhile, there are 83 high school dropouts for the school year 2015-2016, a significant increase compared to 26 for school year 2014-2015.

Enrollment for 2014-2015 was higher at 5,832 compared to 5,741 for 2015-2016.

Cases of sexually transmitted infection affected 12 male youth in the last two years. The youth, aged 10 to 24, constitute 31.2 percent or 43,680 of the total city population of 141,000. (PIA)