The Local Government Units of Surigao del Sur have strengthened its campaign on Adolescent Health and Development Program (AHDP) to curb unwanted teen pregnancy in their area.

In the reports submitted to Commission on Population and Development (POPCOM) Caraga Region, four (4) different municipalities of Surigao del Sur namely, Tagbina, Barobo, San Agustin, and Lingig, following the strict health and safety protocols have conducted AHDP Sessions with 258 youth participants, out of which, 115 were male and 143 were female.

The population workers together with their partners shared their expertise on the topics ranging from adolescent sexuality to reproductive health and rights. Central theme to these advocacy were the discussions on teenage pregnancy, its truths and myths, and how to prevent the same.

Meanwhile, POPCOM Caraga reported 2,337 cases of teen pregnancy aged fifteen to nineteen (15-19) for the first quarter and 2,081 for the second quarter respectively both year 2020.

POPCOM vows to continue its push towards curbing out unwanted teenage pregnancy in the region, despite the challenges posed by the Covid-19 pandemic.