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Teen pregnancies decline by 13% in 2020 -- Popcom

The Manila Times logo The Manila Times 29/01/2022 Red Mendoza

TEEN pregnancies in the Philippines have declined by 13 percent in 2020, its biggest drop for the age group in 17 years, according to the Commission on Population and Development.

Data from Popcom said that there had only been 157,060 births from adolescent mothers in 2020. The sharpest decline came from the 15-19-year-old age group, which registered 154,947 births, lower than the 178,504 reported in 2019.

Data for the 10-14 age group or the "very young adolescents" also dropped by 12 percent from the 2,113 births reported in 2019.

Only 425 births per day were reported in the 15-19 age group in 2020, down from 489 in 2019 while six births per day were reported in the 10-14 group, down from seven in 2019.

The adolescent birth rate in 2020 is also lower at 31 births per 1,000 girls, according to the Philippine Statistics Authority, which is significantly lower than the 47 per 1000 birth rate in the 2017 National Demographic Health Survey.

The figures, according to Popcom Executive Director Juan Antonio Perez 3rd, was due to the increased awareness of the problem of teen pregnancies, as well as the lockdowns due to the coronavirus (Covid-19) pandemic that shifted face-to-face learning to predominantly online.

"The decline noted throughout the year serves as evidence that things are slowly changing for the better for our young women." Perez said.

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