Illegitimate children increasing in Davao

MORE than half of the total 90,009 live births in Davao Region were born out of wedlock as of 2015, the recent data of Philippine Statistics Authority (PSA) bared.

Data released by PSA on June 9 showed that 50,338 babies, or 55.9% of the total, were considered illegitimate. The figure is higher than the national average.

Illegitimate children, the agency defined, are those children born to couples who are not legally married or of common-law marriages.

The agency said in its website that the definition includes “children born of incestuous marriages; children born of bigamous marriages; children born of adulterous relations between parents; children born of marriages void for reason of public policy; children born of couples below 18 and children born of other void marriages.”

PSA’s data showed that there were only 39,671 babies in Davao Region who were born from married mothers.

Throughout Mindanao, Davao Region topped with the highest number of illegitimate babies as of 2015 followed by Region X with 43,089, Region XII with 30,661, Region IX with 24,438 and Region XIII with 22,013. The region with the least number of illegitimate live births was in Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao with 917.

The national figures, PSA said, showed that 52.1% or 909,783 live births in the country were born out of wedlock.

“The proportion of illegitimate babies in 2015 in National Capital Region (63%), Region IV-A (56.5%), Region VII (54.9%), Region VIII (64.2%), Region XI (55.9%) and Caraga (52%) were more than half of its total births,” PSA said in a statement.

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