Rapid Growth of Teenage Pregnancy Cases in the Philippines
Teenage pregnancy is one of the major factors that affect population growth in the Philippines. It is considered as one of the major problems of the government is facing of today. According to the Government statistics records, teenage pregnancy cases rise up to 70% over 10 years only. These alarming cases caught the attention of some lawmakers. The very best example solution that the government made this year was the passage of RH Bill or the Reproductive Health Bill. This bill aims to free access of use of contraceptives, fertility control, sexual education, and maternal care. The government conceived this as the solution to the problem. Others may see it as helpful but others also contradicts it. Teenage pregnancy is continue growing and really affects our economic status.
This concept paper aims to discuss the effects of rising early pregnancy cases and how it affects our economy. This will discuss also some cases of adolescent mothers and what kind of life do they have as teenage parents.
III. Scope and Presentation of Data
This is the latest statistical data provided by the National Statistic Office (NSO) released last October 19, 2011. It shows here that the population of teenage mothers was increased by 70% from 1999 to 2009 period only.
1999 – 114,205
2000 – 126,025
2009 – 195,662
Studies show that in 2009, total live births reached to 1.745 million, which break down to a daily average of 4,782 births and 478 of mothers giving birth were teenagers. From the survey conducted by the Young Adults Fertility Survey (YAFS), 16% of the women aging 15-24 years old have had premarital sex and the average age for the females who had their first sexual encounter is 18.
It shows here that teenage pregnancy happens mostly in the poor families compare to rich families....
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