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Newly installed SoCot Population Officer Identifies Teenage Pregnancy as Top Concern, Commits to Action

Amidst overwhelming support from the SP Members, Ms. Melanie C. Chiva assumed the role of South Cotabato’s Population Officer, delivering a compelling address at the SP session hall. She clarified that the population office doesn’t set population numbers but focuses on managing them while delving into the reasons behind population growth and addressing connected social issues.


Ms. Chiva shed light on South Cotabato’s population status, emphasizing that while the population growth rate is manageable, teenage pregnancy remains a critical concern. Shocking statistics revealed that in both 2022 and 2023, girls as young as 11, 12, and 13 became mothers, prompting a call for urgent action due to unmet family planning goals. With Governor Reynaldo S. Tamayo Jr. ‘s support, especially through his flagship program on free education for children, she pledged initiatives to safeguard these vulnerable young individuals, recognizing their pivotal role in shaping the province’s future


Her heartfelt plea echoed the profound impact of early pregnancies, spotlighting how poverty deeply affects our society. The Population Office is gearing up for an even stronger advocacy campaign to combat this distressing trend.

In this mission, the Provincial Government of South Cotabato stands steadfast, devoted to nurturing a brighter and safer future for its youth. Governor Tamayo’s leadership, coupled with Ms. Chiva’s unwavering commitment, offers a ray of hope as they unite forces to tackle this urgent issue and strengthen the foundation of the province.

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