This is supported in another survey which is the 2013 Young Adult Fertility Study (YAFS
4) conducted by the Demographic Research and Development Foundation and the University of the Philippines Population Institute which shows that 32 percent of young Filipinos between the ages 15 to 24 have had sex before marriage.
study also documented an overall rise in the youth's sexual risk behaviors over the last decade, including the low use of contraceptives leading to increased teenage pregnancies as well as the rise in the number of teens infected with sexually-transmitted diseases.
II is a nationwide Knowledge, Attitudes and Practices (KAP) survey on reproduction and fertility among 11,000 Filipino youth ages 15-24.
In the same YAFS
study, researchers found that over 70 percent of young people's sexual encounters are unprotected-even if a similar percentage knew that using condoms can prevent HIV.
The upland region, which has the highest concentration of indigenous Filipino communities in Luzon, also has the highest pregnancy rate at 18.4 percent in the latest YAFS
, according to Popcom.
But hey, here's another bit of good news from the National Tobacco Use Survey which, like the YAFS
, is conducted every few years.
According to the 2014 Young Adult Fertility and Sexuality (YAFS
) study, around 14 percent of Filipino girls aged 15 to 19 are either pregnant for the first time or are already mothers-more than twice the rate recorded in 2002.
First, it is clear that teenage pregnancies are on the rise: The latest Young Adult Fertility and Sexuality Study or YAFS
, conducted by the Demographic Research and Development Foundation and the University of the Philippines Population Institute, found that the number of teenage mothers has almost tripled over the last 10 years.
March is Women's Month, a good time to reflect on some of the statistics that came out of the 2013 Young Adult Fertility and Sexuality Study (YAFS
) conducted by the University of the Philippines Population Institute (UPPI).