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Nueva Vizcaya SP wants boarding houses regulated due soaring cases of teenage pregnancy

Dec 13, 2016 @ 14:19

To counter the rise of teenage pregnancy, the Nueva Vizcaya Sangguniang Panlalawigan (SP) is pushing for an ordinance that seeks to regulate boarding houses in the province.

Nueva Vizcaya Vice Govenor Lambert Galima,Jr. said the proposed ordinance named “An Ordinance Regulating the Operation of Dormitories and Boarding Houses and Penalizing Violators and for Other Purposes” has been referred to the provincial board’s committee on women and children, family relations and Overseas Foreign Workers(OFWs).

“This was already tackled during the committee meeting chaired by board member Elma PInao-an – Lejao where population program coordinators and representatives were also in attendance,” the politiko

The Population Commission, in a report, has tagged Nueva Vizcaya as ranked third in the prevalence of teenage pregnancy in Cagayan Valley.

Also known as the “Safe Boarding Houses Ordinance, ” it seeks to ban illicit activities inside boarding houses, dormitories and apartments such as gambling, use and trade of illegal drugs, prostitution and others that are against the Revised Penal Code and special laws.

Galima said this will also enforce counselling as one of the major roles of boarding house operators or managers to boarders who have problems, regularly communicate with the parents of their wards regarding the status of their children, provide first aid and hospitalization if necessary and report untoward behavior of their boarders to concerned authorities, among others.

The ordinance also requires boarders to follow curfew at 9 p.m., seek permission from their boarding house managers and their parents when they sleep in other dormitories and apartments and refrain from doing illicit activities inside their boarding houses.

Once approved, the ordinance will be jointly implemented by the barangay, municipal and provincial council for the protection of children, Provincial Social Welfare and Development Office, Department of Social Welfare and Development, Philippine National Police, Bureau of Fire Protection, secondary and tertiary schools and the Boarding House Owners and Managers Association.

Violators of the ordinance will be penalized for not more than P5,000 or imprisonment of not more than 60 days and P2,500 and 30 days imprisonment for severe and less severe non-compliance with the ordinance’s provisions.

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