Senator Gatchalian Fears That Teenage Pregnancies May Increase in Areas Struck by Typhoons
Senator Sherwin Gatchalian said that teenage pregnancies may increase in areas struck by series of typhoons.
On Thursday (November 26, 2020), the lawmaker advised the Philippine government to monitor the possible spike on cases of teenage pregnancies in typhoon-hit areas. He said that young girls might get molested in evacuation centers.
Gatchalian said that girls aging 10-19 years old are vulnerable to abuse and harassment at the evacuation centers. He cited the 23.5 percent of teenage girls who got pregnant after Typhoon Yolanda hit Eastern Visayas in 2013.
“Ang epekto ng pandemya ay isa nang posibleng sanhi ng pagdami ng mga batang ina sa bansa. At dahil sa mga nagdaang bagyo, ang mga batang babae sa mga nasalantang lugar ay mas nanganganib na mabiktima ng karahasan, pang-aabuso, at maging mga batang ina,” Gatchalian said.
The lawmaker advised the local government units to ensure the protection of young girls and make immediate actions for education services to prevent such incidents. He also pushed for the comprehensive sexuality education in schools to raise awareness regarding the matter.
The National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council said that Typhoon Ulysses displaced over 4.28 million people along Ilocos Region, Cagayan Valley, Central Luzon, Calabarzon, Mimaropa, Bicol Region, Metro Manila, and Cordillera Administrative Region.
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