A complex web of factors is causing the increase in incidences of teenage pregnancy around the country, and thus cannot be attributed to a single factor alone.
The Commission on Population and Development (PopCom) recently reinforced this fact in the light of recent news articles that point to moral decadence as the reason for the rise in the numbers of girls who have begun to give birth, particularly those as young as 10 years old.
The lead population management agency of the country pointed out that “policy and program interventions which will address the issue require interagency and multisectoral collaboration.”
Undersecretary Juan Antonio Perez III, PopCom’s executive director, expounded: “Based on various studies, the interplay of various factors — from personal to the community level — explain the incidence of teenage pregnancies. All these factors should be considered in formulating an integrated series of strategies.”
Perez likewise cited the urgency of a number of pending legislation on reproductive health to be enacted. “Given the complexity of the phenomenon of teenage pregnancy and its life-long implications, there is a need for a comprehensive policy solution. As such, PopCom strongly supports the signing of bills authored by Senators Ana Theresia ‘Risa’ Hontiveros and Juan Edgardo ‘Sonny’ Angara which aim to establish a national policy on the prevention of adolescent pregnancy through comprehensive strategies.”
Based on civil registration data in 2017, more than 500 babies were born every day to adolescents 10 to 19 years old.