teenage pregnancy - updates

Rappler's latest stories on teenage pregnancy


DepEd: 586 students got pregnant in last 6 months of 2019 in Northern Mindanao

Mar 11, 2020 - 12:16 PM

The education department says 'that is like 3 teenage student pregnancies each day'


WATCH: Teen mothers strive to reclaim their future

Feb 27, 2020 - 3:07 PM

Despite the passage of the Reproductive Health Law in 2012, there are still around 150,000 adolescent-led families that lack support

[PODCAST] Making Space: Children having children

Feb 14, 2020 - 1:31 PM

What can be done about the alarming rates of adolescent pregnancies in the Philippines? We explore the topic with insights from Oxfam Pilipinas' Erika Geronimo.

Lawmaker ‘optimistic’ current Congress will pass teen pregnancies prevention bill

Jan 25, 2020 - 10:32 PM

Meanwhile, long-time resource person Carolyn Sobritchea from the UP Center for Women's and Gender Studies thinks there are still challenges at the educational and local government levels

CHILDREN HAVING CHILDREN. The National Demographic and Health Survey in 2017 reported that 1 out of 10 women aged 15-19 have begun childbearing. Photo by Michelle Abad/Rappler

Culion winning fight vs teenage pregnancies through education, health

Dec 29, 2019 - 2:05 PM

'We are surprised that they have a very low teenage pregnancy rate in Culion considering they are composed of islands which make it hard to monitor,' says Chi Vallido of the Forum for Family Planning and Development

UNSPOILED. Shiok Island in Culion, Palawan. Shutterstock.com

[OPINION] We need to tackle the pregnancy crisis

Nov 04, 2019 - 3:06 PM

'Fornication is not pleasing to the Lord,' we tell them. Well, these kids will gladly go to hell to be with their Romeos and Juliets.

Teenage pregnancy dragging PH economic growth – Pernia

Oct 24, 2019 - 9:36 AM

For the Philippines to bring down poverty incidence to just 14% by 2022, Socioeconomic Planning Secretary Ernesto Pernia says that the government should look into teenage pregnancy first

PopCom to Duterte: Declare teenage pregnancy as national emergency

Oct 23, 2019 - 8:09 PM

(UPDATED) Teenage pregnancy causes P33 billion in economic losses, and curbing it would lead to national development, says Commission on Population and Development Executive Director Juan Antonio Perez III

Executive Director of Commission on Population and Development Usec. Juan Antonio Perez lll deliver his message during launching the “No More Children Having Children” campaign, a ramped-up crusade for the passage of a law that addresses adolescent pregnancies in the Philippines at a press conference in Quezon City on Wednesday, Oct. 23, 2019. According to data from the PSA, 24 babies are delivered by teenage mothers every hour. Photo by DARREN LANGIT

Number of teenage moms decreasing in Cordillera

Feb 27, 2019 - 10:03 PM

Non-governmental organizations are instrumental. The Forum for Family Planning and Development, for example, has joined forces with Benguet and Ifugao provinces for the campaign.

EDUCATING TEENS. Advocate Chi Vallido (in photo), along with Kevin de Vera of Forum for Family Planning and Development and Karen Gaqui of Dep-Ed Provincial Health Office, speak to teachers and students of Tublay School of Home on how to prevent teenage pregnancy. Photo by Mau Victa/Rappler

Youth team addresses teen pregnancy in T'boli community

Oct 14, 2018 - 3:53 PM

PRESS RELEASE: Team TeenPUYOG empowered peer educators to engage T'boli youth on the prevention of teenage pregnancy

Youth-oriented films to watch over the long weekend

Aug 06, 2017 - 12:36 PM

The 12 final entries carry out youth issues including child labor youth in conflict with the law out of school youth teenage pregnancy and mental health

Health experts push for PH policy on teenage pregnancy

Jul 11, 2017 - 5:05 PM

On World Population Day experts call on lawmakers to work towards the enactment of bills tackling the issue of teenage pregnancy in the Philippines

INFOGRAPHIC: How childhood is stolen from kids around the world

Jun 02, 2017 - 10:00 AM

There are 700 million kids whose childhood ended early says a report by by international child’s rights group Save the Children

LOST CHILDHOOD. Over 700 million kids around the world have ended their childhood early due to young child mortality, malnutrition, poor education, child labor, early marriage, teenage pregnancy and war. Photo by Noel Celis / AFP

PH among the worst places for children to grow up – report

Jun 01, 2017 - 4:54 PM

The End of Childhood Index identifies in what countries children enjoy their childhood and where they are deprived of it The Philippines is 96th of 172

POOR NUTRITION. Over 3.6 million Filipino kids suffer from stunting.

Briones: No condom distribution in schools

Jan 31, 2017 - 12:06 PM

Education Secretary Leonor Briones says health centers are tasked with condom distribution

EDUCATION SPENDING. Education Secretary Leonor Briones says the Philippines can only show it deserves to spend 6% of the GDP on education by catching up on commitments to deliver services. Screenshot from Rappler

Briones: Condoms won't be given out like leaflets in schools

Dec 15, 2016 - 2:35 PM

Hindi naman sa tatayo sila diyan sa pinto bawat pumapasok bibigyan kagaya ng nagbibigay ng leaflet diyan… Hindi ganoon It has to be done very carefully says Education Secretary Leonor Briones

PREVENT HIV/AIDS. Education Secretary Leonor Briones says the plan to distribute condoms in schools should be done carefully and with great sensitivity. Briones file photo by Joel Liporada/Rappler

Why RH matters: Teenage moms and childhood undernutrition

Sep 01, 2016 - 7:00 PM

Government officials push for the full implementation of the reproductive health law as part of the efforts to improve child nutrition in the country

DepEd chief hits schools that kick out pregnant girls

Aug 05, 2016 - 9:58 PM

There are schools which automatically kick out children who get pregnant and automatically also destroy their lives says Education Secretary Leonor Briones

SEX EDUCATION. Education Secretary Leonor Briones rebukes schools that kick pregnant girls out of school.

UN agency: Harnessing young girls' potential key for PH

Jul 11, 2016 - 8:45 PM

They hold enormous opportunity to transform the future of the Philippines but this can only happen if they have the right information and skills says UNFPA Country Director Klaus Beck

Over 1 in 10 teenage girls have already experienced giving birth, according to the Young Adult Fertility and Sexuality Study in 2013.

2 young Filipinas speak up for girls' rights in Denmark

May 22, 2016 - 11:30 AM

Zamboanga City natives Rosie and Fahada strive to become the face of the figures and statistics being tossed around during the policy discussions at the Women Deliver conference in Copenhagen Denmark

EMPOWERED. Youth advocates Rosie and Fahada with Glee star Dianna Agron at Women Deliver in Copenhagen. Photo by Plan International Philippines

[Dash of SAS] Bring back our girls

Apr 30, 2016 - 4:30 PM

Some of the girls manage to escape some of the men and boys too Some are rescued Many find that they are no longer welcome in their villages

BRING THEM BACK. In this file photo, Kenyan activists hold up placards in front of the Nigerian High Commission, during a demonstration to protest against kidnapping of Nigerian school girls by Nigeria's Islamist militant group Boko Haram, in Nairobi, Kenya, 15 May 2014. Dai Kurokawa/EPA

Teen pregnancy down in Asia-Pacific, except PH – report

Feb 03, 2016 - 1:13 PM

There s been little change in the number of teenage pregnancies in the Philippines says a UN agency

[DASH of SAS] Her name is Rosalie and she has 17 children

Jan 21, 2016 - 9:44 PM

The scrapping of the P1 billion DOH budget for contraceptives will affect about 4 million women who are among the poorest of the poor

JEREMY. Young parents like Jeremy are sometimes unaware of the need for family planning. Photo by Ana Santos


Nov 22, 2015 - 11:46 PM

How will this couple deal with an unplanned pregnancy?

Less deaths, but world still misses MDG on maternal health

Jul 21, 2015 - 10:07 PM

In 2013 about 289 000 mothers died worldwide That s 800 women dying each day due to preventable causes

The 'teenage mothers' of Guimaras

May 13, 2015 - 7:53 PM

In a village in Guimaras people say that when a girl reaches the age of 19 and she is still single she is already considered a spinster

Barangay Hoskyn in Jordan, Guimaras has a reputation of being a hub for teenage mothers. Photo by Irish Claire Salubre

God, sex, babies: Is learning safe sex unsafe?

May 02, 2015 - 9:30 AM

Some Filipinos learn about safe sex only after having several unsafe encounters

SEXUALITY EDUCATION. Which is better?For the Filipino youth to understand safe sex, or for them to remain clueless? Graphic by Mara Elize Mercado/Rappler, Background image from Shutterstock

PODCAST: Parents, how do you talk about sex with your kids?

Mar 21, 2015 - 2:07 PM

Did you know that 1 in every 10 Filipino women aged 15 to 19 is already a mother or pregnant with her first child?

DOH looking into plagiarism allegations

Dec 11, 2014 - 3:24 PM

Health Spokesperson Lyndon Lee Suy says that while the controversial public service announcement went through a process the health department is sensitive to the negative reactions the song elicited

DOH video 'plagiarized' K-Pop song – SM Entertainment

Dec 09, 2014 - 4:13 PM

UPDATED A representative from Korean agency SM Entertainment says they already started taking action on the issue but the Philippines health department has yet to give a statement

NYC to DOH: Stop 'Gaga Girl, Bobo Boy' video

Dec 04, 2014 - 12:58 PM

The National Youth Commission wants the video permanently removed from various official platforms and stop its distribution

Miriam on EDCA, Manila earthquakes, de Lima on Ashley Madison | The wRap

Dec 01, 2014 - 7:28 PM

Senator Miriam Santiago tells the Senate: take a position on the Philippine US defense deal How vulnerable is the city of Manila to earthquakes? Justice Secretary Leila de Lima wants adultery site Ashley Madison blocked in the Philippines

Netizens decry DOH anti-pregnancy video

Dec 01, 2014 - 3:01 PM

The music video talks about young relationships sexual intercourse and teenage pregnancy

UN moves to prevent child marriage

Nov 22, 2014 - 1:37 PM

Unless action is taken some 1 2 billion girls will be married by 2050 says the Girls Not Brides coalition of non governmental organizations

CHILD MARRIAGES AND PREGNANCY. Adolescent girls are burdened with challenges that hinder their personal growth and a better future. Photos in collage by Photo by Joel Nito/AFP and Plan Norway

IN PHOTOS: Teenagers raising kids

Jun 21, 2014 - 10:30 PM

Teenage parents Jocelle and Rufino speak up on the challenges of having kids

All photos by Allan M. Gregorio and Kathrine Kessica G. Calano.

Health advocates rejoice over upheld RH law

Apr 08, 2014 - 5:33 PM

UPDATED Reproductive health advocates hail the big victory for women and young people and say they are ready for the next battle: to ensure its implementation

'HISTORIC'. Supporters of the Reproductive Health law holds a triumphant parade after the Supreme Court announcement Tuesday, April 8. Photo by Rappler

Young, pregnant and poor

Apr 01, 2014 - 12:52 AM

For poor teenage mothers life is a roller coaster ride that just goes round and round

YOUNG AND PREGNANT. How do education, poverty, and pregnancy interplay in the Philippines? Photo by Joel Nito/AFP

Nigerian police free pregnant girls in 'baby factory' raid

Mar 22, 2014 - 9:36 PM

Nigerian police raid a home near Lagos where 8 pregnant girls were staying with plans to sell each of their newborns for nearly 2 000

Teenage pregnancies: Untangling cause and effect

Feb 08, 2014 - 10:34 AM

While it is true that contraception and learning how to use them can dramatically reduce the risk of becoming pregnant there seems to be more to the issue than meets the eye

Failed relocation in 'Bayan ni Juan'

Nov 23, 2013 - 10:00 AM

Residents are so impoverished sex for food prostitution exists in the community

[DASH OF SAS] Babies are not blessings

Sep 25, 2013 - 11:13 AM

Babies are certainly wonderful but knowing what the financial implications are is important especially for young women

Children bearing children

Jul 11, 2013 - 11:54 PM

On World Population Day the United Nations and women s advocates are focused on their vision: a world with no unwanted pregnancies

NSO: Teen pregnancy, maternal deaths on the rise

Jul 09, 2013 - 2:46 PM

Teenage pregnancy rates and teenage maternal deaths rise over the decade

Where girls die while trying to give life

Dec 10, 2012 - 7:57 PM

Peachy and Bibi are more than statistics They are more than survey results they are more than debates they are more than factories to produce OFWs

50,000 teenagers die each year due to pregnancy

Jun 27, 2012 - 7:01 AM

Save the Children says it was a global scandal that 50 000 teenagers die each year due to pregnancy

[Dash of SAS] Call a spade, a spade, and a penis, a penis

Jun 02, 2012 - 12:05 AM

Would it make a difference to men if we called the information they needed to know about the body sexual health?