Read more about how COVID-19 situation exposes the rising cases of teenage pregnancy in the Philippines.
Teenage pregnancy in the Philippines is an economic development issue that must be addressed through proper medical and educational interventions. Here is what we know now.
1. Current numbers of teenage pregnancy incidents
According to the Philippine Statistics Authority, live births among those aged 10 to 14 between 2016 and 2021 increased by 11%. There were 2,299 births from the age group in 2021
2. Posing threats to national labor force
Teenage pregnancy poses serious threats to Philippine economic growth with an estimated loss of P33 billion a year. The issue of teenage pregnancy affects both individual and communal potential futures.
3. Challenges to the global market
Teen pregnancy is among the major factors of the lowest labor force participation rate of the Philippines in Southeast Asia.
4. Limited access to reproductive health care
Filipinos, especially young women, are not able to care for their sexual and reproductive health and their families with limited access to information and resources.
Learn more about the continuing incidence of teenage pregnancy in the Philippines and its implications for development here