Iloilo City records 111 teen pregnancies in Q1

Teenage fertility in Western Visayas.
The City Population Office (CPO) said 111 girls aged 15 to 19 got pregnant in the first three months of 2018.

More than a hundred teenage pregnancies were recorded in Iloilo City from January to March this year.

The City Population Office (CPO) said 111 girls aged 15 to 19 got pregnant in the first three months of 2018.

These girls, according to City Population Progam Officer II Ma. Cecilia Guillergan, engaged in premarital sex mostly due to “curiosity.”

Other reasons are “rebellion, lack of parental guidance, and improper use of social,” she said.

Last year, CPO registered 583 teenage pregnancy cases. The number was lower by 15.62 percent compared 2016’s 691.

Mayor Jose Espinosa III said the decrease is a “manifestation of the city government’s strong drive to [address the problem of teenage pregnancy].”

“Rest assured that the city government will do its best to give attention to our youth.”

City Population Program Officer III Rachel Lapascua said they are expecting that the number of teenage pregnancies will further drop this year.

“To achieve this, we will give our utmost services to the youth both in school and those out of school.”

Guillergan said the Iloilo City Information Service Delivery Network (IISDN) “refers pregnant adolescents to various national agencies that could help them.”

The IISDN “is a network of facilities, institutions, and providers offering information, training, and core packages of health and social care services in an integrated and coordinated manner.”IMT