CAGAYAN de Oro City--Teen pregnancy here in Northern Mindanao has risen between 2013 and last year.
According to the National Demographic and Health Survey 2017 which was released earlier this week, the number of pregnant teens in the region rose from 13 percent in 2013 to 14.7 percent in 2017.
Commission on Population (Popcom) 10 director Jeremias Lumpit said that this figure runs counter to the government’s target of reducing teen pregnancy at two percent each year or eight percent from 2013 to 2017.
“This figure poses a challenge to the implementers of population and health programs of the government,” Lumpit admitted.
He added that the total fertility rate in Region 10 remains high at 2.7 as compared to the national target of only 2.1.
“Adolescent birth rate of Region 10 by teen mothers is as high as 20 percent in 2017, higher than the DOH standard of four percent,” Lumpit continued.
He said the high fertility rate was due to low contraceptive use by men.
“There is a need to intensify programs that will encourage men”s full participation in planning their own family,” he said.
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