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August 29, 2015, Saturday
  • Thunderstorm advisory up over Nueva Ecija, Bulacan, Batangas and Cavite. 5 hours ago |
  • PAGASA says heavy rains in parts of Metro Manila are due to the merging of thunderstorms from Rizal & cloud formations over Manila Bay. 5 hours ago |
  • DILG Sec. Mar Roxas says while people have the right to peaceful assembly, they must not cause inconvenience to anyone. 6 hours ago |
  • Petron to cut prices of gasoline by P 1.45 per liter, diesel by P .70 per liter and kerosene by P .90 per liter. 6 hours ago |
  • Petron to implement oil price rollback on Aug. 30 Sunday. 6 hours ago |
  • PNP National Capital Region on full alert status due to the rally of Iglesia ni Cristo at EDSA. 6 hours ago |
  • Heavy rains pouring over several parts of Metro Manila. 9 hours ago |
  • Reward money for the arrest of the killer of Philippine eagle ‘Pamana’ rises to P 600K. 9 hours ago |
  • PAGASA monitors a low pressure area (LPA) 175 km. east of Borongan, Samar. 9 hours ago |
  • Traffic slow moving from Ortigas Avenue until Shaw Boulevard in Mandaluyong City. 9 hours ago |
  • DILG Sec. Mar Roxas & Mandaluyong City Mayor Benjamin Abalos hold meeting in Camp Crame to discuss the INC rally at EDSA. 10 hours ago |
  • Mandaluyong city gov’t PIO Jimmy Isidro says a permit was issued for INC’s rally to ‘contain’ the protest at Crossing & ease traffic. 10 hours ago |
  • Mandaluyong city government gives INC permission to hold their rally at EDSA-Shaw until Sunday. 10 hours ago |
  • INC Spokesman Edwil Zabala expects the crowd at EDSA will surge on Sunday afternoon. 10 hours ago |
  • EDSA-Shaw underpass open to motorists on Saturday morning although traffic along the southbound lane is slow. 10 hours ago |
  • INC members plan to stay at EDSA until Monday although they need to secure permit to do this. 10 hours ago |
  • Both northbound and southbound service roads of EDSA-Shaw Boulevard are impassable on Saturday morning due to INC’s rally. 10 hours ago |
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Philippine teenage pregnancy up 65% in the last decade

By MST Lifestyle | Mar. 26, 2013 at 06:00pm
Data from the National Statistics Office revealed that from 2000-2010, teenage pregnancy in the Philippines has increased by 65 percent, despite an almost 14-percent decline in teenage marriage in the same period. The increase was most notable among girls aged 15 to 19, among which live births rose 38 percent from 2006 to 2011.

Researchers from the Family Health Survey disclosed that the primary reasons for teenage pregnancy are insufficient access to information about sexual health and reproductive health services specifically targeted at teens.

Teenage pregnancy also puts young mothers at risk of health complications because of poor nutrition and their age, according to Food and Nutrition Research Institute of the Department of Science and Technology (FNRI-DOST). The most significant risk in this age group is undernutrition, as 36 percent of pregnant women below 20 are undernourished, compared with 23 percent for older mothers. This also puts their babies at risk due to low birth weight, short lactation time, and premature birth.

To address access to both information and services, Filipinay provided free reproductive health and family planning consultations at select LRT stations nationwide in March. The advocacy is part of DKT Reproductive Health Inc., the country’s leading provider of reproductive health and family planning products.
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