The Commission on Population and Development Caraga strengthens its campaign on Adolescent Health and Development Program following President Rodrigo Duterte’s declaration of teen pregnancy prevention as a “national priority” through the signing of Executive Order Number 141, which addresses the root causes of the rising number of adolescent pregnancies.

POPCOM Caraga acted on the order of President Duterte for comprehensive action after acknowledging that birth at adolescent entails a “increased” risk of health complications for both mother and child, including anemia, sexually transmitted diseases, and postpartum hemorrhage.

POPCOM Caraga is grateful to President Duterte requiring all government agencies and instruments are required to develop and execute feasible interventions such as comprehensive sexual education, educational and job possibilities for young people, and health promotion via media and communications.

POPCOM Caraga will strengthen tie with its partner agencies and Civil Society Organizations to combat the spike of cases of teenage pregnancy by providing Comprehensive Sexual Education, Reproductive Health referral support and services.

During POPCOM Caraga’s Virtual Program for the commemoration of World Population Day last July 12, POPCOM Executive Director Dr. Juan Antonio A. Perez III challenges its regional office to strengthen its campaign in preventing the increase of teenage pregnancy as Caraga Region tops in population increase annually.

In 2019, the Philippines reported a total of 180,916 live births among teenagers aged 10 to 19, according to statistics from the Philippine Statistics Authority’s Civil Registration and Vital Statistics System that equates to 495 live births each day in the ten to nineteen age range.

Meanwhile Only 3% of all live births within the teenage age range are fathered by males in the same age group, according to the United Nations Population Fund Philippines’ January 2020 Policy Brief.