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PIA Press Release
2005/08/08

Social welfare officials say teenage pregnancies decreased in Vizcaya

BAYOMBONG, Nueva Vizcaya (8 August) -- Teenage pregnancies in the province have decreased recently according to a report by the provincial social welfare and development officials during a media forum here at the function room of the provincial capitol building.

Lita Tabuldo, provincial social welfare and development officer said that compared in the previous years where teenage pregnancies have been rampant, the implementation of gender sensitivity programs since 2005 in the province have greatly contributed to the gradual decrease on the incidence of teenage pregnancies.

Tabuldo said the report of the local government unit to safe boarding house campaign in the towns of Bayombong, Solano, Diadi, Sta. Fe and Bambang.

"In the previous years, male and female boarders stay in the same house where rampant pregnancies due to teenage sex have been committed," she said.

The safe boarding house campaign, Tabuldo said involved the segregation of boarding houses for the opposite sexes.

According to Tabuldo, the number of student drop outs has also decreased due to the policy shift of several schools on gender sensitivity. "The previous practice then was that, they expel female students who are found pregnant but now, they retain them and provide counseling for them," she added.

Tabuldo also said that gender sensitivity concepts are also integrated into the reading materials for elementary pupils, high school and college students.

She added that assistance for victims of violence against women(VAW) had also been enhanced due to the establishment of VAW center in the provincial capitol. (PIA NVizcaya) [top]

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