Population commission warns of 'baby boom' scenario post COVID-19 pandemic

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Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, September 23) — The Commission on Population and Development (POPCOM) said there's a huge possibility of a 'baby boom' scenario once the COVID-19 pandemic ends.

This will be fueled by increased mobility and interaction after a long period of lockdowns and quarantines that limited physical and social interactions, according to government officials.

Baby boom is a period when there is a significant increase in the birth rate.

"Ang dapat ingatan natin pagkatapos ng COVID-19, by experience doon nagkakaroon ng baby boom like in World War 2. It's been observed that after a crisis, there's a baby boom at mukhang papasok tayo sa ganoong era," POPCOM head Juan Antonio Perez said in a virtual briefing for the World Contraceptive Day on Thursday.

[Translation: We should be careful that after COVID-19, a possible baby boom will happen just like in World War 2. It's been observed that after a crisis, there's a baby boom and it appears we're headed to that era.]

Dr. Diego Danila of the Health department supported the POPCOM's observation.

"Asahan na po natin iyan, kapag nag face-to-face na iyan, socialization, maaring tumaas ang teenage pregnancy," Danila said.

[Translation: We should expect that. When people are finally allowed to see each other face-to-face, teenage pregnancies could rise.]

The health official said government services should also get a head start once restrictions are lifted, including family planning services and programs.

In 2020, there were an estimated 102,000 unintended pregnancies of women 15 to 19 years old, triggered by the prolonged COVID-19 restrictions.