Pregnancy cases among adolescents in Iloilo City are declining since 2015, a monitoring report by the City Population Office (CPO) showed.

“We are happy to report that there is a decreasing trend on the number of cases,” said City Population Office head Mary Ann A. Ramos on Wednesday.

As per guidelines from the Department of Health (DOH), the monitoring age for the adolescent age group starts from age 10 until 19 years old.

In 2015, the CPO recorded 2,266 cases; 1,753 in 2016 and 1,327 cases in 2017. Also their record showed that 10 of those who got pregnant in 2017 were 14 years old.

The data had been gathered from the field through the Barangay Service Point Officers. Quarterly they submit the report to the population office, which is being compared with data from the Local Civil Registrar (LCR).

However, data from the CPO is more accurate because they have profiles of the pregnant teenagers.

Ramos attributed the decline of teenage pregnancy cases to the health program intervention of the CPO together with the City Health Office (CHO).

She said the health clinics have allotted every Friday as “Adolescent Day” where the sector, especially with special needs, is given focus.

These are teenagers who have problem with their reproductive health, personal life and disturbed.

The CPO handles the information, education campaign both in barangay and schools.

Health and development classes and “Usapang Sessions for Adolescents”, a sort of interaction between health service providers and young parents, are part of their strategies.

Ramos said they looked forward to strengthen their programs as they are also working with Department of Education (Deped) Iloilo City Division for a Memorandum of Understanding for them to help in educating teenagers on adolescent health and development.

They also have a network of government agencies through the Information and Service Delivery Network where they are “pooled together to give services to the adolescent group.”

The end result of this she said is the establishment of school-based teen centers.

Right now there is only one community-based teen center in Calumpang, Molo. (PNA)