1 in 10 Filipina teens is a mom, study says

Posted at 04/03/14 11:17 PM

Study: Filipino youth more sexually active

MANILA -- One in every 10 Filipinas aged 15 to 19 years old is already a mother, according to a study conducted by the University of the Philippines Population Institute (UPPI).

The results of the 2013 Young Adult Fertility and Sexuality Study (YAFS) conducted by UPPI also showed that 2.6% of Filipina teens within the same age group are pregnant with their first child, while 1.3% have started childbearing.

The study also showed that today's youth are sexually active. Three out of four males aged 15 to 24 have watched pornographic movies or videos, while two out of five females have done the same.

More males in the same age group also engage in premarital sex (PMS), at 35.5%. Around 28.7% of females of the same age engage in PMS.

In terms of social media exposure, the study showed that 56% of female Filipino youth have a social networking account, while only half of the males have accounts.

Only two percent for both females and males have a personal blog.

Other indicators relating to health, lifestyle and media exposure of the youth were also highlighted in YAFS.

The complete results of the study is presented in the Philippine National Statistical Coordination Board's Factsheet on Women and Men (WAM) for 2014.

The factsheet, which can be accessed on NSCB's website, focuses on the latest statistical updates on women and men in the Philippines.

This year's factsheet also contains 80 indicators covering 15 socio-economic sectors and gender concerns, such as the following: population; education; health and nutrition; work and economic participation; family income and expenditures; agriculture; public life; trade and industry; Millenium Development Goals (MDG); tourism; social welfare and development; violence against women; child abuse; gender development, and Filipino youth.

A comparison among ASEAN countries in some indicators disaggregated by sex is also available.

The factsheet, which includes data from latest statistical reports and publications, hopes to provide relevant and user-friendly information on gender issues that are deemed important to planners, researchers and other users for gender and development advocacy, planning, programming and policy setting.