By Marie Tonette Grace Marticio
TACLOBAN CITY – The Com-mission of Population expressed alarm over the increasing num-ber of adolescents getting preg-nant in Eastern Visayas.
According to POPCOM Exec-utive Director Juan Antonio Perez, the numbers have increased from 9,094 adolescent pregnancies (4.3%) in Eastern Visayas in 2014, it went up to 9,483 (4.5%) in 2015.
“We are worried na dito sa Region 8, tumataas pa rin ang adolescent pregnancies maski sa ibang regions bumaba na,” he pointed out.
He added that although the numbers of adolescent pregnancy have decreased from 209,000 in 2014 to 207,000 in 2015 all throughout the Philippines, they noted that Leyte, Samar, Northern Samar and Eastern Samar have increased in number.