Webinar #65 “Children Giving Birth to Children during the COVID-19 Pandemic”

The University of the Philippines
in partnership with UP Manila NIH National Telehealth Center
and in cooperation with UP Philippine General Hospital
would like to invite you to join the Fight Against COVID-19!

Webinar #65 “Children Giving Birth to Children during the COVID-19 Pandemic”
August 13, 2021 (Friday) 12nn

Dr. Juan “Jeepy” Perez III
Undersecretary and Executive Director
Commission on Population and Development (POPCOM)


Dr. Emma Llanto
Chief, Division of Pediatric Adolescent Medicine
UP Philippine General Hospital

Dr. Josefina Natividad
Former Director
UP Population Institute

Hon. Maria Ofelia O. Alcantara
Municipality of Tolosa, Leyte

Dr. Imelda Paz Carbajal
Regional Director, Region 10
Philippine Obstetrical and Gynecological Society (POGS)

Dr. Ma. Socorro Bernardino
Former President
Pediatric and Adolescent Gynecology Society of the Philippines

Opening Remarks:

Dr. Benjamin Cuenca
Philippine Obstetrical and Gynecological Society (POGS)

Closing Remarks:
Jose Miguel R. Dela Rosa
Undersecretary for Corporate Affairs
National Economic Development Authority (NEDA)


Webinar #65 “Children Bearing Children during the COVID-19 Pandemic”
Special Topic

Aside from the crisis brought by COVID-19, teen-age pregnancy is yet another emergency in the Philippines that started way before the pandemic. As of 2019, the Commission on Population and Development (POPCOM) reported 178,000 births to teen-age mothers. Put another way, that is close to 500 children giving birth to children every day.

What happens when this rate of teen-age pregnancy continues with a COVID-19 pandemic in the backdrop? Pregnant teens are considered high risk and should give birth in hospitals under careful guidance of health professionals. Good counseling and follow-up is necessary to ensure that second pregnancies in the teen years are avoided for the health of the girls and their children. Are pregnant teens able to access good prenatal and antenatal care during a pandemic? What are the risks to pregnant teens who develop COVID-19? What are the risks for low birth weight and maternal death? How do teen-age girls cope with pregnancy in a time of economic hardship?

These and many other questions will be discussed at the 65th UP Webinar of Stop COVID Deaths co-sponsored by the Philippine Obstetric and Gynecologic Society (POGS) with Opening Remarks from the current president, Dr. Benjamin Cuenca. The main presenter is Dr. Juan “Jeepy” Perez, Undersecretary and Executive Director of the Commission on Population and Development. Reactors are Dr. Emma Llanto, Chief of the Division of Pediatric Adolescent Medicine, UP-PGH; Dr. Josefina Natividad, Former Director, UP Population Institute; Honorable Maria Ofelia O. Alcantara, Mayor, Municipality of Tolosa, Leyte. Closing Remarks by Jose Miguel R. Dela Rosa, NEDA Undersecretary for Corporate Affairs.

Join us as we discuss: “Children bearing Children during the COVID-19 Pandemic” and learn how we can play a role in preventing teen-age pregnancies, repeat teen pregnancies, and provide care and support that is appropriate to girls at risk during the pandemic.

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