Sen. Juan Edgardo Angara on Sunday has spoken about the alarming rise in the number of teenage pregnancies in the Philippines. Now, it is labelled as a “national emergency” by the Commission on Population and Development (Popcom).
The Department of Education earlier reported that the major reason for quitting school of most of female students in elementary and high school is because of early pregnancy.
Angara said the resolution seeks to strengthen the Republic Act No. 10534 or the Responsible Parenthood and Reproductive Health Act of 2012.
“Child and teenage pregnancies in the country are growing at an alarming rate and it is imperative for the government to do something about this at the soonest possible time,” the senator said.
Since 2011, Popcom statistics showed that pregnancies among 10-14-year-old girls rose by 50%, which is about 530 teenage girls get pregnant every day.