The Cordillera Region ranked highest among all regions in terms of teen pregnancies, and the Cordillera Regional Development Council is bent on addressing this alarming concern.

In its Executive Committee meeting held on October 2, 2014, the CAR RDC approved a resolution requesting DOH-CAR and POPCOM-CAR to strengthen intersectoral efforts to address the problem on high incidence of teenage pregnancies in the region.

According to the Young Adult Fertility and Sexuality Study (YAFS) conducted in 2013, the rise in pre-marital sex among the youth aged 15-24 years old was more pronounced in CAR.  Compared to a similar study conducted in 2002, the number of youth who have engaged in pre-marital sex (PMS) increased by 52 percent in 2013.  This is much higher than the 38 percent increase noted at the national level.

According to the same report, more than three in every CAR’s youth’s first PMS were unprotected against pregnancy and/or STIs.   There is also a high percentage (37%) of the region’s youth having read pornographic materials compared to the national average of 35.6%.

The YAFS 2014 is a study funded by the Australian Government, United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA), Department of Health (DOH) and the Philippine Council for Health Research and Development (PCHRDP.

Implemented by the Demographic Research and Development Foundation, Inc. (DRDF) and the UP Population Institute,  YAFS 2014 had as respondents 19,178 youths distributed across the country’s 17 regions, 79 provinces, 681 cities and municipalities, 1,121 barangays and 18,547 households.  (Ma. Emelie G. Daquipil)