Vital Statistics

Live Births in Cordillera Administrative Region, 2018
SR 2020-33
Release Date:
May 2020

Philippine livebirths decrease by 1.9%

  • In 2018, a total of 1,668,120 live births were recorded in the Philippines. This decreased by 1.9 percent from 1,700,618 total live births in 2017.
  • Since 2008, the total number of registered live births seesawed until year 2012. And from then on, the total number of registered live births continued to decrease until 2018 where the recorded number was lowest in 11 years (Table 1).
  • From 2008, the number of registered live births decreased by 5.4 percent in 2018. Several factors may contribute to the declining births, such as social change or lifestyle choices associated by economic affluence.

Table 1. Number of Live Births, Philippines: 2008-2018

Year Number of Live Births %Change
2008 1,784,316  
2009 1,745,584 (2.2)
2010 1,782,981 2.1
2011 1,746,684 (2.0)
2012 1,790,367 2.5
2013 1,761,602 (1.6)
2014 1,748,857 (0.7)
2015 1,744,767 (0.2)
2016 1,731,289 (0.8)
2017 1,700,618 (1.8)
2018 1,668,120 (1.9)

Live births in CAR share 1.8% to national total

  • Of the total number of live births, the share of regions in Luzon was 58.5 percent in 2018, 18.5 percent for Visayas and 23.0 percent for Mindanao.
  • Among the regions of the country, the National Capital Region (NCR) still recorded the highest number of livebirths with 14.3 percent share followed by CALABARZON with 13. 8 percent and Central Luzon with 11.3 percent share.
  • The number of live births in Cordillera Administrative Region (CAR) reached 30,722 in 2018. This was an increase of 3.7 percent from the previous year’s record of 29,626 live births.
  • CAR recorded the second lowest number of live births and shared 1.8 percent to the national total next to the Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao (ARMM) with the lowest share of 1.5 percent.

Table 2. Number of Live Births in Philippines: 2017 & 2018

Region Number of Live Births %Share
2017 2018 2017 2018
PHILIPPINES 1,700,618 1,668,120 100 100
NCR 238,637 239,081 14 14.3
CAR 29,626 30,722 1.7 1.8
ILOCOS REGION 78,873 75,696 4.6 4.5
CAGAYAN VALLEY 56,234 54,991 3.3 3.3
CENTRAL LUZON 189,657 189,015 11.2 11.3
CALABARZON 230,619 229,775 13.6 13.8
MIMAROPA 47,428 46,870 2.8 2.8
BICOL REGION 112,317 108,856 6.6 6.5
WESTERN VISAYAS 110,266 104,838 6.5 6.3
CENTRAL VISAYAS 144,541 138,547 8.5 8.3
EASTERN VISAYAS 69,031 65,817 4.1 3.9
ZAMBOANGA PENINSULA 57,943 59,776 3.4 3.6
NORTHERN MINDANAO 93,986 90,237 5.5 5.4
DAVAO REGION 89,196 87,834 5.2 5.3
SOCCSKSARGEN 80,572 78,995 4.7 4.7
CARAGA 42,335 41,594 2.5 2.5
ARMM 29,357 25,476 1.7 1.5
Source: Vital Statistics Division, Civil Registration Service, Philippine Statistics Authority

Males outnumber females

  • From the total 30,722 place of occurrence live births recorded in CAR, more male babies were born (16,046 or 52.2%) than female babies (14,676 or 47.8%). This can be translated to a sex ratio of 109 males per 100 females.
  • CAR recorded 1,599 registered live births in which the mother of the babies were not usual residence of Cordillera. Male babies were 51.2 percent or 818 live births and the remaining 48.8% or 718 live births were females.
Figure 1. Number of Live Births by Sex, by Place of Occurrence, and by Usual
Residence of Mother, CAR: 2018
  • There were an average of 84 babies born daily in 2018, equivalent to an average of almost 4 babies born every hour in the Cordillera.

Figure 2. Number of Babies Born per Day and Hour, CAR: 2018

4 out of 10 are born illegitimate in CAR

  • In 2018, more than half (54.3%) of the total live births in the Philippines were born out of wedlock. The three regions that recorded the highest percentage of illegitimate children based on usual residence of the mother was NCR with 65.8 percent, followed by Eastern Visayas with 65.4 percent, and CALABARZON with 58.9 percent.
  • Out of the total 29,123 live births with usual residence of mother in CAR, more than half 16,823 or 57.2 percent of the total live births in 2018 were born as a legitimate child while the 12,300 babies were born out of wedlock.
Table 3. Number and Percent Distribution of Live Births by Legitimacy Status,
and by Usual Residence of Mother (Region), Philippines: 2018
 
Region Total Legitimate Illegitimate
Number Percent Number Percent
PHILIPPINES 1,668,120 762,014 45.7 906,106 54.3
NCR 216,871 74,169 34.2 142,702 65.8
CAR 29,123 16,823 57.8 12,300 42.2
ILOCOS REGION 76,899 37,263 48.5 39,636 51.5
CAGAYAN VALLEY 55,635 32,775 58.9 22,860 41.1
CENTRAL LUZON 190,592 87,826 46.1 102,766 53.9
CALABARZON 248,297 101,931 41.1 146,366 58.9
MIMAROPA 47,150 23,405 49.6 23,745 50.4
BICOL REGION 109,223 47,354 43.4 61,869 56.6
WESTERN VISAYAS 104,976 55,074 52.5 49,902 47.5
CENTRAL VISAYAS 138,656 58,280 42.0 80,376 58.0
EASTERN VISAYAS 66,187 22,890 34.6 43,297 65.4
ZAMBOANGA PENINSULA 60,950 33,723 55.3 27,227 44.7
NORTHERN MINDANAO 86,986 39,673 45.6 47,313 54.4
DAVAO REGION 86,261 36,179 41.9 50,082 58.1
SOCCSKSARGEN 76,882 46,580 60.6 30,302 39.4
CARAGA 42,848 18,815 43.9 24,033 56.1
ARMM 30,482 29,176 95.7 1,306 4.3
Foreign Countries 102 78 76.5 24 23.5
Source: Vital Statistics Division, Civil Registration Service, Philippine Statistics Authority

97% of birth deliveries in CAR are attended by health professionals

  • Based on the total number of live births of the usual residence of mother in CAR, 97.2 percent birth deliveries were attended by health professionals which may either be a physician, a midwife or a nurse and the 2.8 percent were attended by traditional birth attendant or hilot.

Figure 3. Percent Distribution of Birth by Type of Attendant, CAR: 2018

 
 
 

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