TEENAGE PREGNANCY ACCOUNTS FOR 10.41% OF LIVE BIRTHS IN BAGUIO CITY IN 2015

BAGUIO CITY — A total of 9,672 live births were recorded from January to November 2015 which included 18 births from mothers who were 15 years old or lower and 988 births from mothers aged 15 to 20 with a total of 1,006.

Baguio City Civil Registrar Sylvia Laudencia on Friday, February 5 said the number represents 10.41 percent of the total registered live births in the city and is a result of “teenage pregnancies”.

This may be an indication that parents have shortcomings in guiding their children’s growth and in instilling in them good values. It is the responsibility and obligation of the parents to keep a watchful eye on their children’s daily activities, Laudencia added.

Citing the report, there were 5,135 legitimate registered live births or 53.06 percent, and 4,537 illegitimate registered live births or 46.88 percent.

Of this number, there were 4,953 registered male live births representing 51.21 percent while there were 4,719 registered female live births or 48.79 percent of the total number of live births.

Laudencia added there were 1,351 male deaths and 943 female deaths from January to November 2015, which Laudencia attributed to the vices of the males being more than that of the females.

There were 1,496 registered marriages with 597 through civil ceremony or “Court Weddings”, while there were 467 were Church Weddings and 432 through other rites including “Garden Weddings”.  PNA / northboundasia.com