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10 percent of city babies born from teen moms
by Jane B. Cadalig

Close to 10 percent of the number of children born in Baguio are delivered by teenage mothers.

Records of the City Civil Registrar in 2017 and the first six months this year showed a steady trend in the percentage of children born to teenage mothers.

Assistant Civil Registrar Bernardina Tabin said that last year, 966 or 9.79 percent of the 9,867 babies born in the city were delivered by mothers 15 to 19 years old.

From January to May this year, 353 or 9.14 percent of the 4,192 births were by teenage moms.

Tabin, however, said that not all the teenage mothers are residents of Baguio. The rest are from other Cordillera provinces and nearby regions.

“Not all the teenage mothers who gave birth last year and in the first five months of this year are Baguio residents. Some just happened to deliver in hospitals in the city that is why their babies are registered here,” she said.

City Health Services Office Head Rowena Galpo said that 60 percent of the teenage moms are residents of Baguio and 40 percent are from other places.

Records of the local Civil Registrar also showed that the gap between the number of children born of married parents and those born out of wedlock has been narrowing.

Last year, 4,668 or 47.31 percent of the 9,867 babies delivered in the city were born out of wedlock while 5,190 or 52.59 percent are considered legitimate births.

Tabin also said that not all the illegitimate births are born of teenage mothers because some, particularly those who have reached legal age, have tied the knot.

On the other hand, there are babies delivered by adult mothers that were registered as illegitimate because their parents are not married.

Local civil registrars are the primary offices in charge of registering vital events in an individual’s life such as the date of birth, marriage, and death.

In the case of birth, Tabin said parents should register the birth of their babies immediately to avoid complications, especially when the child is ready for school. Births should be registered one month after a baby is born.


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