Teams to monitor youth in nightspots

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Thursday, March 20, 2014


MAYOR Mauricio Domogan recently ordered for teams to monitor night establishments in Baguio City as well as promote character development.

This developed after the Local Civil Registry noted an increase in the number of teenage mothers and children born out of wedlock.

Domogan said that guiding the children, especially teenagers, is always the responsibility of parents and starts at home.

But he said the problem on rising teenage pregnancies, which in return results in illegitimate children, arises from students from other provinces and temporarily residing in the city.

He said these children are often misguided without their parents and are often forced into prostitution especially during examinations when they are hard-up on money.

This is why, he said, colleges and universities, especially guidance counselors, must intervene to prevent their students from being exposed to such risky sexual behaviors.

He also stressed character development in barangays is also important to curb these teenage pregnancy cases.

The city mayor said the task force to monitor the enforcement of existing city ordinances such as the curfew on minors and ban on serving of liquor for minors must be strictly implemented by a composite team, which includes the City Health Office and other city departments.

Being an educational and urban center, the city mayor said, it is not impossible the city has an increasing number of teenage mothers aged 15 to 19 years old saying this is also a problem in Metro Manila and other urbanized areas.

Last Monday, Baguio civil registrar Sylvia Laudencia reported an increasing trend of teenage mothers in the city with at least seven children born of mothers below 15 years old while some 1,265 or 11.18 percent of children born in the city are born by mothers aged 15 to 19 years old in 2013.

The data also shows many of these children are born illegitimate with some 4,986 children or 44.07 percent of the total births born out of wedlock a slight increase of 0.32 percent from last year's 4,970 registered illegitimate children in 2012 showing that 44 of 100 children born in the city are illegitimate.

The Civil Registrar also sought public servants to act on the challenge of addressing these moral issues especially on the youth already being engaged in premarital sex.

Published in the Sun.Star Baguio newspaper on March 21, 2014.

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