MANILA, Philippines – In the Philippines, there are children having children.
The Commission on Population and Development (PopCom) has recorded about 1.2 million cases of it in a span of 10 years.
The situation has become so dire that the PopCom has called on President Rodrigo Duterte to issue an executive order declaring adolescent pregnancy a national emergency.
Poor girls especially are highly susceptible to adolescent pregnancies. Studies show that early pregnancy is a rampant cause of dropping out of school, and lessens chances of poor adolescent-led families to escape poverty.
With insights from Oxfam Pilipinas’ Erika Geronimo, we explore the causes and effects of early pregnancy among Filipino youth, and, more importantly, what can be done to solve this totally preventable catastrophe.
Listen in to this episode of Making Space produced by Samantha Bagayas and Michelle Abad:
This episode is part of our year-opener series called CHAMPIONING THE CHILD 2020. Listen to other talks in the series on Making Space, Rappler’s podcast on gender, health, education, and everything in between:
- [PODCAST] Making Space: Lumad schools face challenges after government-ordered closure
- [PODCAST] Making Space: Sexual harassment survivors ‘fighting to fight’
- [PODCAST] Making Space: Are your kids vaccinated?
- [PODCAST] Making Space: Married at 14
Each of the podcasts in the series has a corresponding video explainer, which you can watch here: