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Barangay eMedia’ spartner Roland Ramos did an investigative research on teenage pregnancy, through the City Social Welfare and Development Office (CSWDO). Now, everyone is shocked to know the present data of teenage pregnancy in Zamboanga City; it has soared in a quite staggering statistics. In fact, the data of the CSWDO bares that teenage pregnancy in La Bella takes place to as early as between 10-14 years old. Mind boggling indeed, ain’t it?

Partner Roland interviewed the CSWDO chief, Miss Socorro Rojas two days ago. The latter said that her agency suspects, or theorizes, that JS Proms, amongst the different schools in the City, might have contributed to the rise of this said crisis. Rojas explained that their data reveals that most delivery of these immature pregnancies are usually happening on the month of November. Thus, counting nine months backward, it is the controversial love month of February!

Rural barangays of La Bella, like Labuan, ranks as the topnotch places who do have teenage pregnancies, between the ages of 10-14 years old. The inference is, on JS Proms—amongst La Bella’s rural places, the youths can have the perfect chance to commit fornication, because their parents do give them the time to attend their school activity without any bars. Notwithstanding, they used the same activity to experiment their sexuality.

Partly, the total openness, nowadays, of the internet exactly provides the youths of this generation, the raw source to explore their unchartered territories. And you know how adolescent level is, kids of such ages are quite active to most things, which also includes their sexual interests, especially amongst the boys. With regards to the girls, they are only allured by the former, simply because they thought that what they have are pure love.

The emotion of any teenager can still be considered as relatively UNSTABLE. Thus, the guidance of the parents in such age level is without question, an imperative one. Just think of it, it is extremely insane for a 10-year old girl to lie and disobey her old mother, because she believes that what she feels to a 12-year old boy is true love! Kids of these ages do not know things, come on!

And worse, when the 10 and 12 years old lovers may go out and are alone, they can easily fall to pre-marital sex. The notable data which the DSWD has now, is an enough proof of this particular problem. Can we probably consider it, as one of the actual and present ills of our society, or such is only an honest reality of our generation, which we are already helpless,so that all we could do is to yield?

Candidly, in a perspective to any parent, teenage pregnancy must be avoided by all means, such for the good future of the innocent teenage kids. By all honesty, they still do not know the real consequences ahead to any of their foolish acts. In fact, who suffers the most along are not them, but their very poor parents.

Do you know that the first to feel the brokenness of such situation are the parents, who themselves where the very ones who dream the best for their children. Hence, if a 12-year old girl gave birth to such an early age, she too could also be a grandmother, when she reaches the age of 25! By all means, this particular crisis of our youths need to be seriously addressed, otherwise the said rise of teenage pregnancy may continue to sky-rocket more, in the coming years.

Nonetheless, all good values start at home. Parents are the first protectors of their children. They are the break-waters, so to speak, for their young kids. So that the latter cannot be exposed to the many fearsome predations of our time. It is not wrong for parents to draw the necessary lines for their children. Parents’ strictness should not be construed by the children as a fatal constriction against them.

Kids who are loosed by their parents are usually the ones to fall prey first to any peril along. But sure, the discipline of the parents can help the former, and may carry them in any curve along their ways. Children attend school, and they are exposed to their friends, more than 8 hours every day. Thus, the time of the parents to see their kids is even quite less compared to their outside schedules. It is in these same long time that children ought to be anchored with real values and discipline by the parents.

“But understand this, that yin the last days there will come times of difficulty. For people will be lovers of self, lovers of money, proud, arrogant, abusive, disobedient to their parents, ungrateful, unholy, heartless, unappeasable, slanderous, without self-control, brutal, not loving good, treacherous, reckless, swollen with conceit, lovers of pleasure rather than lovers of God, having the appearance of godliness, but denying its power. Avoid such people.” (2 Tim. 3:1-5, ESV)

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