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Konsi Rivera bats for additional budget for teen pregnancies prevention

General Santos City Councilor Jane Rivera batted for appropriate funds to strengthened the city’s fight against teenage pregnancy.

Rivera made the call as she expressed alarm over report of prevalence of teenage pregnancies in the city.

Data from the City Population Management Office (CPMO) showed an increase of teen birth of 1,434 in 2023 compared to 1,130 cases in the previous year. It also showed that the young mothers are all under the age of 10-19 years old.

City Population Management Office head Judith Janiola said they need to see and identify the “true picture” of teenage pregnancy cases in the city.

“Our primary data was taken from the Local Civil Registrar’s office, we wish really to capture in real sense ang true picture if given the chance to go down to the Purok level to conduct a census, if not a survey on that,” Janiola said during the Sangguniang Panlungsod 85th regular session.

Rivera meanwhile stressed the need for sustained efforts to comprehensive education, healthcare access, and community support.

“Kasi kahit anong discuss natin, anong gagawin natin na mga programa, kung wala namang appropriate funds to address that, hindi rin natin magagawa kung ano ang gusto nating mga plano,” Rivera highlighted.

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