The recent release of registered live births by the Philippine Statistics Authority (PSA) shows that MIMAROPA region recorded a decline in the number of live births among adolescents aged 10-19 years old in 2020.
Overall, 63 live births were registered among very young girls aged 10-14 years and 4,650 recorded live births among the 15-19 age group in the region, both of which were lower than the 2019 record of 67 and 5,210 live births, respectively.
“This is good news for us and our partners who have been advocating for a reduction in teen pregnancies. This shows that all the health, population and social workers in local government units have stepped up their services towards adolescent health to be able achieve this result,” Commission on Population and Development (POPCOM) Executive Director Juan Antonio A. Perez III said.
Among the five provinces in MIMAROPA, Palawan recorded 1,604 live births among 10–19-year-old girls. This was followed by Oriental Mindoro with 1,158; Occidental Mindoro with 897, albeit higher than the 2019 record with 833; then Romblon with 423; and Marinduque with 317. Meanwhile, the highly urbanized City of Puerto Princesa has registered a total of 312 live births.
Throughout the years, and amidst the COVID-19 pandemic, POPCOM-MIMAROPA has successfully reached out to local government units and relevant partner agencies in the implementation of Adolescent Health and Development (AHD) Program primarily aimed at increasing the awareness among teens of the importance of responsible sexuality and observance of reproductive health.
“Our local government offices and regional line agencies have joined hands in achieving these goals in our region. The recent findings by the PSA have affirmed that adolescent pregnancy necessitated a whole-of-society and collaborative approaches,” POPCOM-MIMAROPA Regional Director Reynaldo O. Wong commented. “However, it is too early to rest on our laurels as more work should be done and scaled up to continue this decline,” Wong added.
By virtue of Executive Order No. 141, a comprehensive action plan to address the rising cases of adolescent pregnancy is now in place in the region. RD Wong expects these results to motivate the field workers, barangay volunteers, and the soon to be elected LGU officials that adolescents hold promise today and in the future. ###