Analyzing Data and Policy Trends in Adolescent Pregnancy and Contraception in the Philippines

The goal of this study is to assess the ICPD POA’s objectives and recommended actions that address adolescent SRH issues through the promotion of responsible sexual and reproductive behavior and the substantial reduction of adolescent pregnancy. Along these objectives, the Philippine government targets the following by 2022: reduce the adolescent birth rate (ABR) to 37–40, from 57 births per 1000 women in 2013; reduce the proportion of adolescents who have begun childbearing to 6%, from 10.1% in 2013; decrease the unmet need for modern FP to less than 5%, from 35% in 2013; and increase the contraceptive prevalence rate (CPR) to 65%, from 43% in 2015.

The study concludes that the Philippines did not meet the ICPD POA objectives of addressing adolescents’ SRH needs and reducing the adolescent birth rate significantly. This is mainly because government did not adopt a special program for sexually active adolescents, including information, counseling and services that guaranteed their right to privacy and confidentiality.