THE rising of teen pregnancy cases has alarmed even the poets.
A creative way to address teenage pregnancy in the region will be staged through an event called “Poetry Slam: Addressing Reproductive Health and Teenage Pregnancy.”
The poetry slam, organized in partnership with the Forum for Family Planning and Development Inc., is aimed to spread awareness and discuss topics on reproductive health
Last year, the Cordillera Administrative Region had the most number of cases of teenage pregnancy per capita in the country.
“In this light, the poetry slam aims to address issues on sex education, reproductive health, and teenage pregnancy,” according to organizers.
The National Youth Commission this year reported a continuous spike of pregnancy in the region.
Total deliveries this year reveal 1,322 against the 904 deliveries last year compounding the already high incidence of teen pregnancy in the Cordilleras which show an increase of 45 percent in the first semester of 2017.
The statistics were reported during the third quarter meeting of Cordillera Regional Youth Advisory Council [RYAC] Cordillera where latest data on rising teen pregnancy incidence was presented.
Data were based from the first semester of 2016 against same period of this year, taken among the number of deliveries by youth aged 10-19 years old showing Benguet topping the charts with 315 deliveries against 229 last year.
Number two is Kalinga with 278 deliveries this year against the 112 from last year followed by Baguio City with 259 against the 117 logged last year with Abra coming in with 186 deliveries against 58 last year.
Ifugao recorded one of the lowest with 86 against 139 last year and the Mountain Province 86 against the 104 logged previously.
One of the winners of the poetry slam will be given a chance to represent themselves and their school/organization at the National Conference on Family Planning to be held in Cebu this November.
Published in the SunStar Baguio newspaper on September 29, 2017.
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