CAR tops teen pregnancies

THE Cordillera Administrative Region tops the teen pregnancies in the country.

Annie Calimquim of the Commission of Population in the Cordilleras said an 18.4 percentage for the region on teen fertility rate top the charts.

Calimquim also said PopCom is coordinating with local government units as well as private and public schools for teachers to be adept in teaching population development issue as well as sexuality matters.

Calimquim said lectures are now interactive making learning more enjoyable for the youth, which deal with HIV awareness, health concerns as well as nutrition.

The POPCOM official also said based on a 2013 survey, Apayao averaged 50-55 pregnancies of teeners aged 16-20 years old.

Calimquim said overall data was given to their office without any regional breakdowns but said Baguio City alone has recorded 1,006 live births by teenagers aged 16-20 years old based on local civil registrars records in 2015.

POPCOM tallies population of the Cordilleras at 1.7 million, one of the lowest compared to other regions with an average of 2-3 children per family.

It was also reported by POPCOM in 2014 that Paracelis in the Mt. Province listed 90 teenage pregnancies, while Bontoc only recorded 47 with Bauko having higher number of 52 than the capital town.

In Ifugao, data from 2013 shows Alfonso Lista had 111 teenage pregnancies, Lamut had 58, Aguinaldo had 55, Banaue had 36, Kiangan had 33, and Asipulo had 29.

These municipalities recorded higher number of pregnancies than the capital town of Lagawe.

Calimquim hopes to get results from private groups which would point to indicators on why there is a noted increase of teen pregnancies in the region.

The United Nation Population Fund shows the Philippines is the only country in the Asia Pacific region where the rate of teen pregnancies rose over the last two decades.

It also reveals teen pregnancies, high youth unemployment, and the slow decline of the overall fertility rate in the Philippines may deprive the country of the faster economic growth that usually comes from having more working-age people than younger and older dependents.
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