Aware of the life-long implications of early pregnancy on the well-being of young people, the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) underscored the need for stronger initiatives to address teenage pregnancy in the country.
DSWD on Wednesday, June 9, said that it has initially developed a concept paper on “TEEN SUPPORT: Psychological Support and other Interventions for Teenage Parents and their Families” with teenage parents below 18 years old as beneficiaries.
The said initiative, launched in 2020, was made possible through DSWD’s Social Technology Bureau as its response to address teenage pregnancy in the country.
DSWD said that initiative aims to “protect and promote the psychological well-being” of young mothers. It also aimed to improve the capacity of teenage parents in “performing their expected roles as young adults and responsibilities as parenting youth.”
The project components, DSWD said, include online psychological support; family life enrichment sessions, and direct assistance and referral services – which was conducted either online or face-to-face.
DSWD said that this initiative will be implemented for a period of six months in 2022 – after the finalization of the program design based on the results of the rapid appraisal research.
“Through Teen Support, it is envisioned that young parents are able to prevent future unplanned and repeated pregnancies; cope with the demands of parenting, and perform their social roles both as teenagers and parents,” DSWD said.
Meanwhile, DSWD and the Commission on Population and Development (POPCOM) are set to undertake the Social Protection Program for Teenage Mothers and their Children (SPPTMC) as mandated under the special provision of the 2021 General Appropriations Act of 2021.
The initiative will be reinforced through a Memorandum of Agreement (MOA) to be signed by DSWD Secretary Rolando Joselito D. Bautista and POPCOM Undersecretary for Population and Development and Executive Director, Juan Antonio A. Perez III, on Thursday, June 10.
The event will be broadcasted live via DSWD and POPCOM’s official Facebook pages.