Philippine population to hit 100 million

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mothers-in-the-philippinesBy the reckoning of a population expert, the Philippine population will hit 100 million this Sunday, July 27. The figure was based on population projections by the Philippine Statistics Authority, which says three babies are born in the Philippines every minute.

For Melvin Castro, executive secretary of the Catholic Bishops’ Conference of the Philippines Episcopal Commission on Family and Life, reaching the 100-million figure is actually good news and a blessing.

“It’s good for the economy… it’s good news, not bad news,” Castro said over Church-run Radio Veritas.

He said having more Filipinos would mean more human resources to advance the economy.

“We need enough young population to sustain the economy. Because of a young population, we can actually be economically strong,” Castro said.

He said having such a big population should not be seen as a problem.

“Unfortunately, we have been brainwashed [to think] that a bigger population is equated with poverty, which is [not true],” Castro said.

He cited India as an example, saying it had already overtaken Japan as the third-largest economy in the world, with Japan already experiencing a “demographic winter,” or aging population.

“India became the third-largest economy in the world precisely because of its robust, young population,” Castro said.

He urged the government to work on finding real solutions to poverty and use the high number of Filipinos to advantage, instead of looking at it as a problem.

“As long as you can provide them with the opportunity for education, for work, for employment, a young population can help make the country an economic powerhouse,” Castro said.

Most populous countries

Countries with a population of 100 million or more are:

China – 1.385 billion

India – 1.252 billion

United States of America – 320.1 million

Indonesia – 249.9 million

Brazil – 200.4 million

Pakistan – 182.1 million

Nigeria – 173.6 million

Bangladesh – 156.6 million

Russian Federation – 142.8 million

Japan – 127.1 million

Mexico – 122.3 million

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By the reckoning of a population expert, the Philippine population will hit 100 million this Sunday, July 27. The figure was based on population projections by the Philippine Statistics Authority, which says three babies are born in the Philippines every minute.

Reading Time: 2 minutes

mothers-in-the-philippinesBy the reckoning of a population expert, the Philippine population will hit 100 million this Sunday, July 27. The figure was based on population projections by the Philippine Statistics Authority, which says three babies are born in the Philippines every minute.

For Melvin Castro, executive secretary of the Catholic Bishops’ Conference of the Philippines Episcopal Commission on Family and Life, reaching the 100-million figure is actually good news and a blessing.

“It’s good for the economy… it’s good news, not bad news,” Castro said over Church-run Radio Veritas.

He said having more Filipinos would mean more human resources to advance the economy.

“We need enough young population to sustain the economy. Because of a young population, we can actually be economically strong,” Castro said.

He said having such a big population should not be seen as a problem.

“Unfortunately, we have been brainwashed [to think] that a bigger population is equated with poverty, which is [not true],” Castro said.

He cited India as an example, saying it had already overtaken Japan as the third-largest economy in the world, with Japan already experiencing a “demographic winter,” or aging population.

“India became the third-largest economy in the world precisely because of its robust, young population,” Castro said.

He urged the government to work on finding real solutions to poverty and use the high number of Filipinos to advantage, instead of looking at it as a problem.

“As long as you can provide them with the opportunity for education, for work, for employment, a young population can help make the country an economic powerhouse,” Castro said.

Most populous countries

Countries with a population of 100 million or more are:

China – 1.385 billion

India – 1.252 billion

United States of America – 320.1 million

Indonesia – 249.9 million

Brazil – 200.4 million

Pakistan – 182.1 million

Nigeria – 173.6 million

Bangladesh – 156.6 million

Russian Federation – 142.8 million

Japan – 127.1 million

Mexico – 122.3 million

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