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House bill proposal to institutionalize social protection on teens
September 30, 2017| by: Eva G. Hadjimmudin

House bill proposal to institutionalize social protection on teens

Highlight of the congress was the presentation of the proposed House Bill No. 4742 entitled “A National Policy in Preventing Teenage Pregnancies, Institutionalizing Social Protection for Teenage Parents and Providing Funds Therefore” with Dr. Reynaldo Wong, Commission on Population RO-IX Regional Director who spearheaded the 2017 Regional Population Management (RPM) Congress on July 12 in Grand Astoria Hotel, Zamboanga City.
The occasion was graced by Dr. Juan Antonio A. Perez III, Executive Director of the Commission on Population from the national office. 
According to the University of the Philippines Population Institute study “the young Filipinos have limited access to sex education and adolescent sexual and reproductive health services.” 
The reasons for becoming pregnant among teenagers include unplanned sexual encounters and peer pressure, lack of information on safe sex, breakdown of family life and lack of good female role models in the family, and absence of accessible, adolescent-friendly institutions. 
The Hon. Sol Aragones proposed this bill in view of the need to establish a national policy in preventing teenage pregnancies and institutionalizing social protection for teenage parents.
Agencies present as a member of the Panel of Reactors were  DSWD, DepEd, DOH, LGU of Zamboanga City represented by Councilor Guingona and Mayor Angelito Martinez of San Miguel Zamboanga del Sur.
Mayor Angelito Martinez of San Miguel, Zamboanga del Sur commented that “the creation of a local population centers headed by a Population Officer would entail additional budget for their salaries. Unfortunately, LGU’s  have only meager Internal Revenue Allotment (IRA) as its source.”
DWSD representative Carmen Luna also commented that “the provision is capacitating the parents by strengthening the value system of the family.”
Dr. Eva G. Hadjimmudin, an Education Supervisor at the DepEd Regional Office who also gave emphasis on Sec. 7 of the proposed bill which provides training for teachers; guidance counselors; school supervisors including TESDA and CHED on Comprehensive Sex Education. 
Upon the presentation of the different reactions from the agencies present, Dr. Juan Antonio A. Perez III assured that all the comments and reactions of the agencies involved shall be given due diligence.

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