Davao del Sur has most teenage moms - DOH

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Friday, August 8, 2014

THE province of Davao del Sur recorded the highest number of teenage moms in Davao region, according to the Department of Health (DOH).

Based on the DOH adolescent health program status and accomplishment report 2011-2013, there are 3,416 or 21 percent of women aged 15 to 19 who delivered with livebirths, abortion, and stillbirth in Davao del Sur.

The data showed an increase compared to its record in 2012 with 1,851.
Davao City, on the other hand, placed second with 3,009, representing 14 percent, of teenage mothers.


Meanwhile, the Young Adult Fertility and Sexuality (Yafs) studies that was conducted in 1982, 1994, 2002, and 2013 showed that Davao region ranks fifth nationwide in teenage fertility.

The study undertaken in 2013 by Prof. Grace T. Cruz and associate Prof. Maria Paz N. Marquez of the Demographic Research and Development Foundation of the University of the Philippines Population Institute (DRDF-UPPI) and conducted among 19,187 single and married young people from all sectors in the country, showed that the rate of teenage fertility in Davao, that is, the level of female youths aged 51-19 who have begun childbearing, has more than doubled from 7.9 percent in 2002 to 16.7 percent in 2013.

The results also revealed that the level of females aged 15-19 who are mothers increased by 7.8 percent from the recorded 5.8 percent in 2002.

Published in the Sun.Star Davao newspaper on August 09, 2014.

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