Lockdown babies: Gatchalian warns of spike in teenage pregnancies in typhoon-hit areas

MANILA, Philippines — Senator Sherwin Gatchalian on Thursday urged the government to ensure interventions that would guarantee the safety of young girls in evacuation centers and prevent a possible spike in teenage pregnancies in typhoon-hit areas.

“Ang epekto ng pandemya ay isa nang posibleng sanhi ng pagdami ng mga batang ina sa bansa. At dahil sa mga nagdaang bagyo, ang mga batang babae sa mga nasalantang lugar ay mas nanganganib na mabiktima ng karahasan, pang-aabuso, at maging mga batang ina,” said Gatchalian.

(The effect of the pandemic is already a possible cause of the spike in the number of young mothers in the country. And because of the recent typhoons, young girls in …

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