Teen pregnancies could rise during pandemic – Popcom

Two 10-year-olds were reported to be the youngest of at least 62,500 adolescents who became very young mothers in 2019, a finding that has alarmed population monitors who believe that lockdowns and other pandemic restrictions might exacerbate child pregnancies in the country.

One of the girls gave birth in Metro Manila and the other in Calabarzon, the two regions with the highest numbers of teenage pregnancies, the Commission on Population and Development said.

The Metro Manila girl was one of 345 aged 14 years old and younger who gave birth in 2019, according to civil registry statistics of the Philippine Statistics Authority.

Popcom regional director Lydio Español Jr. said that while figures in Metro Manila declined, the case of a 10-year-old giving birth should “sound the alarm for all local government units to harmonize their efforts for stronger and better initiatives on adolescent reproductive health.”

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