The Philippines has an alarming growth in teenage pregnancy as a recent survey revealed that almost seven aged 14 and younger are giving birth every day. The latest findings were released by the Commission on Population (PopCom).
The organization claimed that births among girls aged 14 and below jumped by seven percent in 2019 compared with the previous year’s figure provided by the Philippine Statistics Authority (PSA).
In 2019 alone, some 2,411 girls considered as young aged 10 to 14 have given birth.
PopCom said that this number translates to almost seven births every day, a three-times increase from 2000 when only 755 from this age group gave birth.
Citing previous data, this is the country’s ninth year to witness a rise in teenage pregnancies since 2011.
Calabarzon has the biggest number of births among minors with 8,008, followed by the National Capital Region (NCR or Metro Manila) with 7,546, and Central Luzon with 7,523.
Regions, including Northern Mindanao, Davao, and Central Visayas have also logged a high number of teenage pregnancies.
Overall, the number of Filipino minors who gave birth in 2019 rose to 62,510 compared to 62,341 in 2018.