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Eastern Visayas women's fertility rate among highest in RP

Tacloban City (March 15) -- The fertility rate of the women in Eastern Visayas posted the highest nationwide at 4.3 live birth per woman.

This was revealed during the regional data dissemination of the findings of the 2008 National Demographic and Health survey on March 4, at the Ritz Tower de Leyte.

Region 8 tied with Regions IV-B or Mimaropa;

Manila (15 March) -- raga; and Autonomous Region of Muslim Mindanao or ARMM.

The region which has the lowest women fertility rate is that of the National Capital Region at 2.3, even lower than the national average rate of 3.3.

The other regions with women fertility rates lower than the national average are Central Luzon or Region III at 3.0; Calabarzon or Region IV-A at 3.0; and Central Visayas at 3.2.

NSO 8 Director Raul Dones said that although there is a slight decline from the past rate of 4.6, the current rate is still higher than the national level of 3.3 and the international fertility rate at replacement which is approximately between 2.0 to 2.5 children per woman, with extended threshold for developing countries depending on mortality rate.

Director Dones said that TFR is one of the major indicators that can be generated from the results of the NDHS, indicators which can be utilized by other line agencies of the government and other organizations in the planning and direction of their programs mainly concerning public health.

Director Dones added that the most commonly used measures of current fertility are the total fertility rate and its components, age-specific fertility rates.

The TFR is a summary measure of fertility and can be interpreted as the number of births a woman would have, on average, at the end of her reproductive years if she experienced the currently prevailing ASFRs for women at the age bracket of 15-49.

The 2008 NDHS was the ninth in a series of DHS nationwide sample surveys conducted at five year interval since 1968. It is designed to provide up-to-date information on fertility, family planning, maternal and child health, and other health issues of the country.

The project is sponsored by the United States Agency for Information Development and Macro International which provided for the needed equipments and technical assistance through the MEASURE Demographic and Health Survey Program, respectively. (PIA 8/NSO 8) [top]

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