Baguio City, Philippines – While teenage pregnancy rate has increased in the Cordillera region in 2022, fertility rate, on the other hand, has declined in the same year based on the 2022 National Demographic and Health Survey (NDHS).
PSA-Mountain Province, represented by Jerry Santos, Chief Statistical Specialist, relayed the total average number of births in the region dropped to 2.1 in 2022 from 2.5 in 2017.
This means that women have at least one to three children.
The survey further revealed that 55.3 percent of women aged 15 to 49 do not intend to have children as of yet.
According to the Commission on Population and Development (CPD), education and poverty remain the drivers of demographic trends, as people with lower education and poor women or couples are found to have more children.
In addition, Cecile Basawil, CPD- Cordillera Acting Director, said the decline in the number of children in the Cordillera meant the region had reached its ‘replacement fertility rate’.
Replacement fertility, according to Basawil is a ‘positive development’, in which families have sufficient resources to improve their lives and support their children.
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