Suicide cases rising in Iloilo


Suicide rates in Iloilo province continue to rise.

There are already 67 recorded suicide incidents from January to September 2019, said Iloilo Police Provincial Office (Ippo) director Police Colonel Roland Vilela.

It was higher compared to 52 cases from January to December 2017 and 65 cases in 2018.

“We wanted to help in any way we can to curb this incident,” Vilela said during the session of the Sangguniang Panlalawigan last October 8. (

Data showed that of the 67 incidents, 51 are males while 16 are females.

Twenty-two of the 67 of those who took their own lives aged 10 to 19 while 16 of the victims belonged to the 30 to 39-year-old bracket; 14 were 20 to 29 years old; 10 were 50 years old and above; and five were 40 to 49 years old.

Police investigation showed that depression played a role in 61 of the 67 suicide fatalities.