October 28, 2021

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DSWD, PopCom heads agree to shield teenage mothers

IN AN effort to address teenage pregnancies in the nation, the Office of Social Welfare and Growth (DSWD) and the Fee on Inhabitants and Enhancement (PopCom) will undertake the Social Defense Method for Teenage Moms and their Children (SPPTMC) as mandated less than the exclusive provision of the 2021 Normal Appropriations Act of 2021.

This partnership is reinforced through a memorandum of agreement signed by DSWD Secretary Rolando Joselito D. Bautista and PopCom Undersecretary for Populace and Advancement and Executive Director Juan Antonio A. Perez III, on June 10, 2021.

The event was broadcasted are living by way of DSWD and PopCom’s official Facebook webpages.

The partnership aims to create a social security plan for teenage mothers who are minors and their young children.

The DSWD and PopCom commit to undertake the actions specified in the MOA to reach the program’s goals, together with facts accumulating and investigation, mobilization, sharing and trade of databases and advocacy strategies.

Less than the MOA, the DSWD, as a result of the Pantawid Pamilyang Pilipino Software (4Ps), and PopCom have an authorized and current facts sharing agreement (DSA) to facilitate the information exchange in direction of convergence of packages and expert services to the existing 4Ps beneficiaries.

Each businesses concur to use the DSA to create doable interventions or systems especially for teenage mothers, who are minors, and their little ones lined under the 4Ps.

Another DSA may be designed to tackle the requires of teenage moms, who are minors, and their young children not included by the 4Ps.

The DSWD and PopCom shall assure compliance with Republic Act 10173, or the Knowledge Privacy Act of 2012, for the security of personalized facts collected in direction of and through the implementation.

The growth of the SPPTMC is in its preparatory stage with the two organizations collaborating on the conduct of session workshops with stakeholders and speedy appraisal on the problem of teenage pregnancy in the Philippines.

SPPTMC seeks to prevent teenage pregnancies and set up adequate and accessible measures to secure the effectively-currently being of teenaged mothers and their youngsters, as envisioned in the Philippine Development System and the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Improvement.

The DSWD and PopCom mutually figure out the great importance of stopping pregnancies amid teenagers who are minors due to the fact of the lifelong implications for the nicely-becoming of young persons, a population group that is critical in nationwide improvement.

Meanwhile, in 2020, the DSWD through the Social Technological innovation Bureau, in its reaction to handle teenage pregnancy, has at first produced a concept paper on “Teen Assistance: Psychological Aid and other Interventions for Teenage Mothers and fathers and their People,” with teenage mothers and fathers below 18 many years old as beneficiaries. It aims to guard and endorse the psychological properly-staying of the beneficiaries, and strengthen the capacity of teenage moms and dads in undertaking their expected roles as younger grown ups and responsibilities as parenting youth.

The project parts involve, on the web psychological support relatives life enrichment sessions, and immediate support and referral products and services, possibly on-line or confront-to-confront. It will be implemented for a time period of 6 months in 2022 just after the finalization of the plan style and design based mostly on the outcomes of the quick appraisal research.

By Teenager Assist, it is envisioned that young mothers and fathers are capable to protect against potential unplanned and recurring pregnancies cope with the calls for of parenting, and complete their social roles both of those as youngsters and moms and dads.