Registered live births rise to 1.78 million
There were 1,784,316 live births registered in the country in 2008, an increase of 2.0 percent from the 2007 count of 1,749,878. Of these, 52.0 percent were males (928,080) and 48.0 percent were females (856,236), resulting to a sex ratio of 108.4 males per 100 females.
NCR records the highest occurrence of births
Of the 1.78 million births, around 288 thousand or 16.2 percent of the total births occurred in the National Capital Region (NCR), while the least was recorded in the Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao (ARMM) with 14.9 thousand births or 0.8 percent of the total.
Teenage mothers increase by 7.64 percent
A total of 186,527 births were born to teenage mothers (under 20 years of age), an increase of about 7.64 percent from the previous year’s count of 173,282. The number of births born to teenage mothers (186,527) was five times greater than the number of births born to teenage fathers (39,217).
Illegitimate babies up by 12.5 percent
There were 668,841 illegitimate births registered in 2008, an increase of 12.5 percent from the 2007 count of 594,744. Of the total births (1,784,316) registered in 2008, 37.5 percent were illegitimate. Around 40.0 percent of illegitimate babies were born to mothers between the ages 20-24.
Four in five babies born to women under age 20 are illegitimate
Majority (79.2 %) of babies born to women under 20 of age were illegitimate.
Data on births in this press release were obtained from the Certificates of Live Birth (Municipal Form 102), which were transmitted by the City/Municipal Civil Registrars all throughout the country to the National Statistics Office. Statistics presented include only those births which occurred in 2008 and were registered from January 2008 to March 2009. Births that were registered after March 2009 and those that were not registered at all were not included.