9% of Pinays Aged 15-19 Already Mothers, Says NSO

TUESDAY, 02 OCTOBER 2012 21:01 MAX V. DE LEON / REPORTER

About 9 percent of Filipino women aged 15 to 19 have begun childbearing, with most of them less likely to pursue their education, results of the 2011 Family Health Survey (FHS) showed.

Also, the National Statistics Office (NSO) noted from the survey that women in urban areas have fewer children than those women in rural areas.

“The total fertility rate [TFR] of women in urban areas averages at 2.7 children per woman. The figure was lower than the average of 3.6 children per woman for those in rural areas. TFR is interpreted as the number of births a woman could have, on the average, at the end of her reproductive years. At the national level, the TFR based on the 2011 FHS was 3.1,” the NSO said.

Based on the survey, women in Metro Manila recorded the lowest TFR at 2.5 children per woman. Women in Mimaropa or Region 4-B, on the other hand, are the most productive with a TFR of 4.1 children per woman. The Mindoro provinces (Oriental and Occidental), Marinduque, Romblon and Palawan compose Mimaropa.

The NSO said it had a nationwide sample of 53,162 households for the 2011 FHS.

“A total of 52,769 women of reproductive age [15 to 49 years old] were interviewed to collect data on fertility, family-planning practice, maternal and child health and maternal and child mortality. The survey was conducted by the National Statistics Office and funded mainly by the United States Agency for International Development,” the NSO said.

The survey also showed that 9.5 percent of women in the Philippines, aged 15 to 19 years, have begun childbearing.

About 7.4 percent are already mothers and 2.1 percent are pregnant with their first child.

The proportion of young women who have begun childbearing ranges from about 1 percent among women aged 15 to about 24 percent among women age 19.

“Women who became mothers in their teens were less likely to pursue or finish their education. Most of these women either had no grade [school rung] completed [20.3 percent] or had reached elementary level [21.4 percent] only,” the statistics office said.

The most number of teenage mothers was recorded in Caraga region with 15 percent, while the least number of young mothers were from Region 6 with 6.9 percent.

Source: http://www.businessmirror.com.ph/home/top-news/33644-9-of-pinays-aged-15-19-already-mothers-says-nso

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2 responses to this post.

  1. This is kind of a sad news. These young women may not be ready to be mothers and still has so much to learn for their future. Proper education and parenting are necessary to cater to future women’s families, health and well-being.

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