Teen Health

<strong><strong>Find out about the regulations, restrictions and problems affecting teenagers in the Philippines...</strong></strong>

Alcohol and Drug Laws

The minimum age for drinking alcohol in the Philippines is 18. Alcohol consumption is commonplace in the Philippines and Filipinos are the second highest consumers of alcohol in South East Asia.

Under Philippine law, the following are forbidden:

  • Purchase of alcohol by minors from vendors or other sources
  • Purchasing or obtaining alcohol for minors
  • Allowing consumption or possession of any alcoholic beverages by a person under 18 years of age on an establishment’s premises
  • Selling, giving or otherwise providing alcohol to minors by an establishment or any employee of that licensee, to sell or furnish any alcoholic beverages at any time to a person under 18 years of age.

There are Alcoholics Anonymous meetings in the Philippines for youngsters for whom alcohol has become a problem.

Drug laws and penalties for the use of illicit substances are harsh in the Philippines. There are, however, drug rehabilitation centers and Narcotics Anonymous meetings for youngsters for whom drugs have become a problem.

Teenage Pregnancy

Teenage pregnancy is a rising problem in the Philippines and is due to a number of things including economic and educational factors

Abortion is illegal in the Philippines even on the grounds of rape, if the woman’s life is endangered or foetal impairment.

For more information or help on teenage pregnancy in the Philippines, contact the following organisationan: