Positive parenting is needed to combat the rising cases of teenage pregnancies in the country, the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) said Sunday, Feb. 21.
DSWD Spokesperson Irene Dumlao said along with other concerned agencies such as the Department of Education (DepEd), and the Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE), they were stepping up efforts to address the issue involving the youth.
“We recognize that parenting plays a vital role on this issue, kaya (that’s why) our Social Technology Bureau developed the “Parenting”, the adolescent module to aid parents in rearing teenagers. Through the family development sessions (FDS) of the 4Ps (Pantawid Pamilyang Pilipino Program), we are able to discuss this, together with the positive parenting and ERPAT (Empowerment and Reaffirmation of parental ability) ],” she told the Manila Bulletin in a Viber message.
In a briefer, the DSWD said FDS serves as venue for Pantawid Pamilya household grantees and parents to enhance and acquire new skills and knowledge in responding to their parental roles and responsibilities particularly on health and nutrition, education and psychosocial needs of children; promotion of positive family values; and strengthening marital relationships.
Currently, the Pantawid Pamilya households are required to attend the FDS. The FDS employs neighborhood-based family psycho-educational activities to promote, empower, and nurture families towards strengthened capacity so they could meet their familial and parental responsibilities as well as participate in community development activities, the DSWD said.
“Aside from the FDS, meron ding (we also have) youth development sessions (YDS) which serve as a venue to educate and inform the young people and advocate on the call to lessen the cases of teenage pregnancy. We work with DepEd (Department of Education) – teachers and guidance counselors- on this,” Dumlao said.
She noted that many schools have integrated the DSWD’s YDS in their homeroom. “This is not limited to 4Ps beneficiaries and is not compliance based,” the DSWD official said.
Dumlao said the DSWD- Field Offices continue to conduct trainings for local government units’ youth service providers and Pag-Asa youth associations at the local level “to provide updated information and encourage partner-people organisations in advocating the issue on teenage pregnancy.”
In a radio interview, she stressed that it takes a village to raise a child, and the active involvement of all stakeholders, including the LGUs, non-government-organizations, and private sector is needed to ensure that the youth will focus on their studies, and will be “economically ready, socially mature” and eventually become “important players in nation-building.”
Citing the data from the Philippine Statistics Authority (PSA), the Commission on Population and Development (PopCom) said Filipino minors who gave birth in 2019 increased by seven percent to 62,510 from 62,241 in 2018.
PopCom bared that seven very young adolescents or those between 10 to 14 years gave birth per day, or a total of 2,411 for the year.