The number of pregnant Filipinas under the age of 15 increased by 7% in 2019 compared to the previous year, the Commission on Population and Development (PopCom) reported over the weekend.
The PopCom said that based on the records of the Philippine Statistics Authority, 2,411 girls from the age of 10 to 14 gave birth in 2019. In 2000, only 755 girls from that age group gave birth.
The number of teen pregnancies in the country has been rising since 2011, with one out of 10 children being born to adolescents. The overall number of women under the age of 18 who gave birth in 2019 was 62,510, higher than the 62,341 who had children in 2018. One out of three teen pregnancies were from Calabarzon, Metro Manila, and Central Luzon
PopCom Undersecretary Juan Antonio Perez II said in a statement that this problem requires the concerted efforts of local government units, the private sector, development organizations, and government agencies.
“As a national and social emergency, the spread of teenage pregnancy across the archipelago still persists at an alarming rate. This requires more than a whole-of-government approach,” he said.
According to PopCom, several government agencies are already working with the agency, the Zuellig Foundation, and the Melinda and Bill Gates Foundation to reduce the number of teen pregnancies in the country.
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