MISAMIS Oriental–Misamis Oriental Governor Yevgeny Vincente Emano yesterday said the provincial government will put up teen centers in four towns identified with highest pregnancy rates.
Along this line, Emano said during the weekly Capitol flag raising ceremony that the provincial government in cooperation with the Population Commission (Popcom) will create teen centers in the towns of Lugait, Magsaysay, Lagonglong and Alubijid.
The governor said the teen center will function as a space for the youth to express themselves.
In an interview later, Emano announced that the provincial government would request the Sangguniang Panlalawigan (SP) to set aside P100,000 for the construction of each teen center or, a total of P400,000.
Each teen center costs P350,000. The remaining P250,000 cost would be shouldered by Popcom, according to Emano.
The teen centers will be manned by municipal population officers, peer educators and livelihood trainers that are trained by Popcom.
It is unknown yet at this stage what spiked the teenage pregnancy rates in the four towns mentioned, but Emano said the creation of the teen centers will help mitigate the situation.
The teen centers will serve as first aid to assist young people with their problems if they cannot express these to their families, according to Emano.