The Commission on Population and Development (PopCom) clarified recently that 40 to 50 children between 10 to 14 years old give birth not each year, but each week.
Director Juan Antonio Perez III corrected his previous statement in a Senate budget hearing and expressed concern that the situation was worsening, alongside the Responsible Parenthood and Reproductive Health Act of 2012.
In 2018 alone, 2,250 Filipino children in the specified age group, exceeding some 1,000 kids in 2007. Former PopCom chair Ernesto Pernia called the situation a “national social emergency.”
Perez added that an average of 64,000 Filipinos 18 years old and below give birth yearly, roughly 500 a day. The University of the Philippines’ Population Institute produced a study that estimated 2 million births next year, 200,000 of which would come from the 20 years old and below age range.
The issue highlighted matters of sex and health education in schools as well as the accessibility of artificial contraceptives, a component of the reproductive health law.