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× Teen pregnancies now ‘nat’l social emergency’

Teenage pregnancy has become a "national social emergency," Socioeconomic Planning Secretary Ernesto Pernia said on Thursday, noting that adolescent birth rates over the past decade had hovered at a level that merited "national concern."


In three regions in Mindanao, for instance, 15 to 18 percent of teenagers had become mothers, according to a demographic health survey.


The economic…