Vice President Leni Robredo was the guest of honor at Friday’s launching in Palawan of a campaign to address the problem of teenage pregnancy.
The launching of the “Babaenihan” campaign, a collaboration project between the United Nations Population Fund and the Office of the Vice President was held at the Western Philippines University and attended by its faculty and students from various schools in Palawan.
Originally launched on July 12, 2016, the campaign aims to eradicate the high level of teenage pregnancies prominent among young filipino girls aging 10-19 years old. A recent study on 2013 conducted by the National Demographic and Health Survey showed that 1 out of 5 filipino girls will be a mother by the age of 19.
“We want to focus on 10-19 years old girls. We want them to maximize their potential, so we want to hear from them. We want to create programs with them, where they are the ones who tell us what they think is the assistance they need,” said Robredo.
“Tuturuan natin yung isang babae na makarating siya sa isang punto where she can already fight for her rights, dito tinuturuan natin sila not just to fight-off teenage pregnancy but how,” she added.
The Baenihan campaign will conduct national level talks, community-based talks and local government engagement.
The campaign launch featured a poster making contest illustrating the Babaenihan theme and an open forum between Robredo and students from various schools.
Klaus Beck, the country representative of UNFPA, stress the importance of awareness and support for young girls to avoid early pregnancy.
“Too many young girls do not have access to correct information, advice and services to prevent pregnancy,” Beck said.
Robredo is also set to visit Barangay Langogan on Saturday to meet with communities on sustainable tourism projects and livelihood programs.