High rate of teenage pregnancies not good, has to be acted on: guv

Gov. Eugenio Jose Lacson*

Gov. Eugenio Jose Lacson said on Sunday, February 11, that the high rate of teenage pregnancies in Negros Occidental is not good and has to be dealt with by local government officials.

Most of the 11,297 teenagers in Negros Occidental who got pregnant in 2022 and 2023 were out-of-school youth, Dr. Girlie Pinongan, Provincial Health Officer, said on Tuesday.

The youngest teen pregnancy was 12 years old, she said.

The statistics are obviously not good, Lacson said.

“It’s something we have to deal with. We have to push all LGU’s to be united and curb this incidence,” Lacson said.*

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