SWS: Majority of Filipinos Think Teen Pregnancy Tops Women's Problems

Also physical violence.
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Six out of 10 Filipinos think teenage pregnancy is the "most important problem" of women, a  Social Weather Stations (SWS) survey released on Wednesday showed.

Some 59% of Filipinos think that early teenage pregnancy tops women's problems followed by physical violence and unexpected pregnancy at 11% each, SWS said.

SWS polled 1,500 respondents from Nov. 21-25, 2020 for the study sponsored by the Commission on Population and Development (POPCOM).

Of the respondents who mentioned a problem, SWS said 57% think that government efforts to solve the issue are adequate.

The POPCOM had earlier said teenage and unexpected pregnancies were rising in recent years with the COVID-19 pandemic worsening the situation for many women.


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The SWS survey also found that one out four Filipino adults or 27% are using or have used family planning methods in the past six months with the pill as the preferred method, used by some 14%.

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The majority of those who use family planning methods availed of it through rural health units at 45%, followed by barangay health stations at 31%, and pharmacies at 27%, SWS said.

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