Awareness for teenage pregnancy raised on World Population Day


IN observance of the World Population Day, the City Population Office in Dagupan City in cooperation with the Department of Education (DepEd), held a film showing on teenage pregnancy at the  Judge Jose De Venecia Sr. Technical Vocational Secondary School on July 11.

The annual observance brought into sharper focus the world’s population of five billion, and seeks to raise higher awareness on various global population issues and concerns.

The short film “Layag” was shown to more than 300 grade-9 students of JJDVSTVSS, Pugaro Integrated School, Bonuan Buquig National High School and Federico N. Ceralde Integrated School.

Mayor Fernandez urges the youth to focus on their education during a film showing on Adolescent Health and Development held at Judge Jose De Venecia Technical Vocational Secondary School.  (CIO photo by Jojo Tamayo)

The short film bagged first place in the Regional Film Festival organized by the Commission on Population (POPCOM) Region 1 in 2017.

The film showing  was also part of the city’s program that focuses on Adolescent Health and Development.

A discussion on teenage pregnancy was facilitated by the City Population Office and U4U after the film showing.

City Population Officer Leah Aquino disclosed that the film was chosen as a medium for learning as it would help engage the youth in discussions regarding teenage pregnancy.

Aquino said the local government continues to provide assistance to cases of teenage pregnancy through the City Social Welfare and Development Office.

Meanwhile, Mayor Belen T. Fernandez, in her message, urged the youth to practice abstinence from premarital sex as teenage pregnancy can delay and hinder their plans for their future.

“Do not neglect your futures. If you want to be successful in life, you have to study hard and complete your education. Help your families and listen to our parents and teachers. Wag niyong pababayaan ang mga buhay ninyo. “said Fernandez. (Verdelle De Vera/CIO)

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