Landlords asked to help curb teen pregnancies

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Wednesday, December 4, 2013

INCREASING cases of teenage pregnancies in the region has prompted the Population Commission to seek the help of boarding house owners in Baguio City.

Population Commission Regional Director Rosa Fortaleza said they opted to seek the aid of boarding house owners explaining they may counsel the youth preventing them from engaging in risky sexual behaviors.

Despite only 10 of 40 invited boarding house owners attending the first orientation and briefing by Popcom, Fortaleza sees it as a good start of their partnership. Several barangay officials, who can help craft local ordinances and resolutions to help curb teenage pregnancies and other risky behaviors among the youth, also attended.

The regional director said boarding house owners as guardians of the youth in most colleges and universities have obligations in counseling their wards not to engage in risky sexual behaviors and involve themselves in worthwhile activities while staying in the city.

In order to also reach out to technology-driven youth PopCom has also tapped social media as a means of breaking the barriers of communication with the youth.

The commission will soon come up with a website with an anonymous help desk where common problems may be posted by troubled and confused youth.

Some 21.5 percent of the country's population are 10 to 19 years old according to PopCom and are among the most exposed to teenage marriage and pregnancies.

The agency reported that youth aged 16 years old in females and 15 years old in males already had sexual encounters.

PopCom will also launch early next year the XSX 101 program or the 101 ways to become experienced youth where the young ones will further be enjoined in values formation activities to help them avoid risky sexual behaviors.

Published in the Sun.Star Baguio newspaper on December 05, 2013.

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