Press Release
November 8, 2021

Among the provinces and cities in the region, Cagayan de Oro (CDO)ranks 3rd in the highest cases of adolescent pregnancy in 2019. The Philippine Statistics Authority (PSA) 2019 Vital Statistics recorded a total of  1,745teenage pregnancy cases in CDO with three 13 years old as the youngest.  In 2020, the City Health Office data accounted 28 teenage pregnancy cases  aging 10-14 years old  and 1,410 cases aging 15-19 years old.

With this alarming data, the Community Improvement Division of CDO through the Oro Youth Center, in collaboration with the Commission on Population and Development- Region X (POPCOM X), and the Department of Education (DepEd)Schools Division of CDOCinitiated a TEENcredibles Online Social Media Campaign and Online POPDEV Club Festival of Talents.  These projects aim to increase the adolescents’ level of awareness on their sexuality and reproductive health, avoid sexual and non-sexual risky behaviors, and intensify campaign on reducing teenage pregnancy.

TEENcredibles is a social media campaign competition of POPDEV Clubs in CDOC to strengthen the information and education campaign on behavioral change on ASRH while introducing a new technique on capturing stories on the challenges, benefits, and most significant changes experienced by the adolescents.  Incredible ideas, creativity and credible information by the teenagers were prelude to the Online PopDev Club Festival of Talents dubbed as PASIGARBO 2021.  This was in partnership with the Zuellig Family Foundation – The Challenge Initiative (TCI) and 1st Valley Credit Cooperative.  PASIGARBO 2021 aims to produce campaign and advocacy materials from the students in form of songs, visuals and arts, highlighting the significant role of the young people in the ASRH campaign.

More than 40  national high schools of CDO participated in the TEENcredibles  and PASIGARBO 2021producing Teenformation videos, Infographics, Tiktok videos and publication materials on teenage pregnancy.  Moreover, the event highlighted the Search for Best PopDev Club Moderator/Teachers, Best PopDev Club Leaders, Best PopDev Club and the Best Operating School-Based Teen Center of Cagayan de Oro.  The following emerged as the winners:

Top 3 in Teenage Pregnancy Tiktok:

                                   Bayabas National High School

                                   Iponan National High School

                                   KauswaganNatonal High School

Top 3 in Teenformation:

                                   Bayabas National High School

                                   Bugo National High School

                                   Angeles Sisters National High School

Top 3 in Teenage Pregnancy Infographics:

                                   Balulang National High School

                                   Cagayan de Oro National High School

                                   Pedro “Oloy” N. Roa Sr. National High School

Top 3 in Mental Health Pubmats:

                                   Canitoan National High School

                                   Bayabas National High School

                                   Iponan National High School

Top 3 in COVID-19 Prevention Pubmats:

                                   Bayabas National High School

                                   Bugo National High School

                                   Angeles Sisters National High School          

Top 3 in Drug Prevention Pubmats:

                                   Angeles Sisters National High School

                                   Bugo National High School

                                   Balulang National High School

Top 3 in Best Teencredibles:

                        Bayabas National High School        

                                   Angeles Sisters National High School

                                   Bugo National High School

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                                   Bugo National High School

                                   Lapasan National High School

                                   Puerto National High School  

Top 3 School-Based Teen Centers:

                                   Angeles Sisters National High School  

                                   Balulang National High School

                                   Lapasan National High School

Best Popdev Club Moderators:

                                   Cheryll A. Virtudez

                                   Amor A. Radaza

                                   Sharlene L. Fabruada/Melenda A. Perez

Top 3 PopDev Club Leaders:

                                   Bayabas National High School

                                   Angeles Sisters National High School

                                   Bugo National High School

Top 3 People’s Choice:

                                   Bayabas National High School

                                   Macasandig National High School

                                   Bugo National High School

All winners received cash prizes, plaques, medals, and equipment to be used in their Teen Centers.

In his message, Hon. Mayor Oscar S. Moreno expressed his continuous support to the population programs, and emphasized the importance of strong collaboration between concerned agencies for effective promotion of the Adolescent Health and Development (AHD) program.  He recognized the vitality of the engagement of young people on this campaign.  He expressed his gratitude to POPCOM X, DepEd and the participating schools, Zuellig Family Foundation and other partners for the partnership to best implement the aforementioned online programs for the adolescents, and the Oro Youth Center for coming up with this Teencredible campaign.

POPCOM X Regional Director, Neil Aldrin G. Omega on his inspirational message, expressed his deepest gratitude and appreciation to the LGU of Cagayan de Oro through the Oro Youth Center for the creativity of initiating Teencredibles and PASIGARBO 2021,and to DepEd City Division for strengthening the POPDEV Clubs in Cagayan de Oro. “Theseinteractive and effective strategies provide great opportunities to our POPDEV Club members to learn positive values and gain more knowledge related to responsible sexuality. We commit to support, collaborate and advocate the AHD program to help elucidate the value of finishing their education by making responsible choices, decisions and actions that will lead them to seize their aspirations in life,” Director Omega said. 

The TEENcredibles and PASIGARBO 2021were two of the several strategies designed and implemented by the LGU of CDO to address the problem on adolescent pregnancy making Cagayan de Oro an adolescent and youth friendly city.