SPPAMC Launching of Meycauayan City

The City of Meycauayan recently launched its Social Protection Program for Adolescent Mothers and their Children (SPPAMC). The city, one of the pilot areas for the said national program, rolls out with 100 teen moms as beneficiaries with the aim to eliminate repeated pregnancy and provide health services and social amelioration that will help teen mothers rise above their conditions, and still be productive members of the society.

POPCOM III Regional Director Lourdes Nacionales in a statement commends the local government of Meycauayan for recognizing the progtam’s value and giving premium to the needs of the young mothers in the locality, especially those belonging to the lowest socioeconomic bracket. Meycauayan is one of the cities in Central Luzon that consistently record high rates of teenage pregnancy with 348 cases as reported in the recent 2020 PSA-CRVS. RD Nacionales further added that “teen pregnancy can adversely affect the future of adolescents and without proper interventions, they could be trapped into a vicious cycle of intergenerational poverty.”

Out of the 438 teenage pregnancy cases identified through profiling and assessment activities, 100 teen moms in Meycauayan were chosen to receive 500 pesos each month under the mechanism that the young mothers should have access to reproductive health services (FP, MNCHN), continuing education (DepEd ALS) or take skills development course and participate to various Adolescent Health and Development sessions.

In his message during the launching of the SPPAMC in Meycauayan, POPCOM Executive Director Usec. Juan Antonio Perez III pointed out that no one should be left behind “Leave no one behind- Binibigyang halaga ng POPCOM and mga batang ina bilang isang sector na nangangailangan ng proteksyon at tulong na makabalik sa pag-aaral upang umangat sa kahirapan” The SPPAMC program offers continued opportunities for education as a safeguard to a better quality of life reducing the incidence of poverty and other vulnerabilities.

Citing to the Philippine Statistics Authority’s Civil Registration and Vital Statistics of 2020, Central Luzon ranks 2nd in the country with the highest number of teenage pregnancy cases recording 18,722 pregnancies among teens 10-19 years old and 270 cases coming from very young adolescents aged 10-14.

The Social Protection Program for Adolescent Mothers and their Children (SPPAMC) is one of the national government’s approaches in ensuring improved quality of life for its citizens including the approximate 200,000 young Filipino mothers and their children.

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