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Teen pregnancies up in Cordilleras

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BAGUIO CITY— Since the country began its yearlong restriction for teenagers or minors due to the coronavirus pandemic, the number of teen pregnancies in Cordillera has nearly doubled, the Commission on Population (Popcom) said.


The Popcom records showed that the young women who got pregnant rose to over 2,000 or twice as much as the figure recorded in the region in 2019.
Magdalena Abellera, Popcom director in Cordillera, released the data during a forum in the place on March 30.


The records showed that 26,312 babies were born in the region in 2020, lower than the 30,437 newborns in 2019 but 2,422 of these babies across Baguio, and the provinces of Benguet, Ifugao, Mountain Province, Abra, Kalinga and Apayao, have teenage parents.


This reflected an increase in teenage pregnancies by 46.43 percent last year compared to 2019, Abellera said.


Twenty of the new mothers were in the 10-to-14-year-old age group, an age bracket that has been restricted to their homes over the last year.


In 2019, when 1,654 babies were born to teenage parents, 21 of the teen mothers were in the same age bracket.


“This is significant because the Cordillera used to have the highest rate of unplanned teenage pregnancies in the country back in 2014,” Abellera said.
She said records in 2019 were an improvement because teenage mothers gave birth to 3,025 babies in 2018.

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