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Tama na hiya! Sol Aragones seeks nat’l policy on sex education

Aug 30, 2019 @ 22:58

Laguna Rep. Sol Aragones wants a national policy on sex education established amid the continued rise of teenage pregnancies in the country.

Aragones has refiled 2297, or the proposed Prevention of Adolescent Pregancy Act as the Population Commission (POPCOM) reported that 24 babies are born to teenage mothers every hour.

Almost 200,000 Filipino teens get pregnant annually, most of them from ages 15 to 19, POPCOM added.

“We can prevent cases of teenage pregnancy if all of us will act and talk about sex education as adults,” Aragones said.

HB 2297 enjoins cooperation between the Sangguniang Kabataan and national agencies including the Department of Education, Commission on Higher Education, Department of Health, Department of Social Welfare and Development, Technical Education and Skills Development Authority, National Youth Commission, Commission on Welfare of Children, Movie and Television Review and Classification Board, Population Commission, and local government units to spearhead the education and information drive and facilitate the overall implementation and regulation of preventing adolescents’ involvement in activities that are facilitative of sexual engagements.

Aragones said the youth should have proper information on sex since a poor understanding of reproductive health can have adverse affects on their lives.

“Teenage pregnancy perpetuates the cycle of poverty and inequality, as it does not only negatively impact the lives of young parents and their children, but also disenfranchises them from economic opportunities as adolescent pregnancy forces a majority of teenage parents to abandon their education,” she said.

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