The Department of Social Welfare and Development launched the expanded ProtecTEEN Program at the 2nd floor of the Antipolo City Old Hall, Carigma Street corner M.L. Quezon Avenue, Barangay San Jose, Antipolo City.

Marcelo Nicomedes Castillo, Director Social Technology Bureau; Denise Florence Bragas MD FPAFP Undersecretary Standards and Capacity Building; Antipolo City Vice Mayor Pining Gatlabayan, representing Mayor Jun Ynares; Barry Chua MD DSWD Regional Director; and Frescian Canlas, RSW CSDO Head signed the Memorandum of Agreement expanding the pilot implementation of the program for teen moms.  

DSWD expanded the program providing psychosocial support and other interventions for teenage mothers and their families in the regions in Region 4-A and the National Capital Region.

The Memorandum of Agreement and Pledge of Commitment between the DSWD, Antipolo local chief executive and other partner-agencies at the local level to signify their commitment in responding to the teenage pregnancy issue in the country.

ProtecTEEN, launched in Malaybalay, Bukidnon in August, is the newest intervention of the Department in the government’s Social Protection Program for Adolescent Mothers and Their Children.

It will create a supportive environment for adolescent mothers and their families by empowering them through the provision of direct social services and assistance, referral to other agencies and organizing peer advocates.

The project caters to the needs, protect the rights and promotes the psychosocial well-being of adolescent mothers aged 10 to 19 years old, their children, partners and other household members who provide support to them.

The DSWD, through the expansion of Project ProtecTEEN, empowers young mothers so they could be better at performing their social and parenting duties.

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