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Maasinhon pushes for“No Child Marriage” NGO

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April 6 -12, 2024

A researcher and educator based in Maasin City, Southern Leyte has pushed for the establishment of a “No to Child Marriage Non-Governmental Organization (NGO),” considering that there are still communities in the Philippines that are practicing child marriage despite the passing of Republic Act (RA) 11596 otherwise known as An Act Prohibiting the Practice of Child Marriage,
“The No to Child Marriage NGO will act as the law’s umbrella to give aid and support to the victims, will provide shelter to the victims, and give the latter access to legal services, health services, psychosocial services, counseling, educational, livelihood and skills development,” said Dr. Ma. Crisel Quibel-Inocando, who is also a certified public accountant and a third-year law student at the College of Maasin in Southern Leyte province.
Citing a 2021 study, Quibel-Inocando said that teenage pregnancies and child marriage “are among the pressing concerns the country is currently facing.”
In 2020 alone, more than 102,000 teens aged 15 and above gave birth, including an additional 18,000 due to almost 10 months of community quarantine amid the pandemic, according to her.
“This compares to the estimate without community quarantine of 84,000, according to a study by the University of the Philippines Population Institute and the United Nations Population Fund,” she added.
The proposed NGO is the output of Quibel-Inocando’s research entitled “Child Marriage, Republic Act 11596, and the Impact on Child’s Normal Development, Religion, and the Country’s Economy,” which she conducted from February to May 2023.
She also lauded the support of Dr. Beverly Fernandez, the dean of Teacher Education at Saint Joseph College, in the conduct of her research.
Quibel-Inocando’s research was also accepted for presentation at an International Academic Research Conference by West East Institute (WEI), in Harvard Faculty Club, Harvard University, Boston U.S.A. on July 25 to 27, 2023. (Ronald O. Reyes)

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