POPCOM SAYS AT LEAST 40 PINAYS UNDER AGE 14 GIVE BIRTH IN THE PHILIPPINES ANNUALLY
Population Commission (POPCOM) executive director Undersecretary Juan Antonio Perez III said at least 40 children aged between 10 and 14-years-old give birth in the Philippines every year.
Perez said of the 62,000 minors who gave birth in the country in 2018, 2,200 girls were below 15-years-old.
“It’s the one figure that has been increasing,” Perez said during a budget hearing in the Senate.
Despite the enactment of the Reproductive Health Law, “we have seen an increase of teenagers giving birth” in the country, he said.
Children who became mothers at a young age may end up living in poverty as workers who do not have college degrees usually earn only a quarter of what they can get if they have diplomas, the POPCOM official said.
Senate Majority Leader Juan Miguel Zubiri urged the chamber to craft a law that would raise the age of statutory rape in the Philippines to 16-years-old.
Children aged 12 and below are the only ones covered under the current law.