P R E S S R E L E A S E
The 2019 civil registry statistics from the Philippine Statistics Authority (PSA) recorded 344 live births among very young girls aged 10-14 years and 23,039 recorded live births among the 15-19 age group in CALABARZON region, contributing a total of 23,383 or 13 percent of the total adolescent birth rate in the country.
PSA also recorded one (1) live birth in CALABARZON region where the youngest was 10 years old a finding shared with the National Capital Region (NCR).
“Having a 10-year-old minor that already begun childbearing in the region is already alarming, not just to POPCOM but also to all regional line agencies.” Commission on Population and Development (POPCOM) CALABARZON Regional Director Angelito S. Obcena emphasized.
Among the five provinces in CALABARZON, Cavite ranked first in the 2019 registered live births among 10–19-year-old girls with 5,899. This was followed by Rizal with 5,458; Quezon with 5,270 including the highly urbanized Lucena City with 484; Laguna with 5,059; and Batangas with 3,487.
The declaration of teenage pregnancy as national social emergency calls to different government and non-government sectors to work together to address the issue.
With this development, POPCOM CALABARZON continue its effort and initiatives in partnering with local government units and relevant partner agencies in the implementation of the Adolescent Health and Development (AHD) Program amid the COVID-19 pandemic to primarily increase adolescents’ awareness of and fulfillment of responsible sexuality and reproductive health and rights.
“This year, POPCOM and DepEd together with Adolescent Pregnancy Technical Working Group (APTWG) will double its effort and work together to reach more adolescents in providing age-appropriate information and services that will reduce the incidence of teenage pregnancy in the region, practicing the safety protocols to avoid the spread COVID-19”. Dir. Obcena highlighted.
The identities of the seven 10-year-old girl were kept confidential by the PSA; hence, it was not made available to the public. ###
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|Press Release No.||PR – ROIVA –21 -001||Release Date:||March 8, 2021|