Philippine population to reach 107 million this year

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The Filipino population will reach 107 million this year, which is up from the 100-million breakthrough back in July 2014 and up from 105.53 million at the end of last year, the Commission on Population (PopCom) announced on January 2.

Citing projections by the Philippine Statistics Authority, PopCom executive director Juan Antonio Perez III said the population was estimated to grow to slightly above 107.19 million by December 31, 2018. This would entrench the Philippines’ status as second-most populous country in Southeast Asia behind Indonesia and 12th most populous country in the world behind Mexico and ahead of Egypt.

Perez said the increase would be boosted by some 1.8 million babies expected to be born this year, representing a growth rate of 1.69 per cent. 

“That means we will be adding 4,953 Filipinos per day, or 206 every hour in 2018,” he said.

By PopCom’s estimates, Filipina women of reproductive age, or those aged 15 to 49 years old, will increase by over 400,000 compared to last year, totaling to about 27,713,110. But that figure is expected to increase even further up to around 33,114,600 or about 30.5 per cent of the total population. PopCom explained this is because of the increasing trend on teenage pregnancy among ten- to 14-year-old girls.

Meanwhile, Filipinos aged above 60 are expected to be around 8,013,000 by the end of 2018, or 0.23 per cent more than the projection in 2017.

The strong population growth in the Philippines is mainly attributable to the strong opposition of the Catholic Church towards any government-supported birth control policy, difficulty to access contraceptives for average Filipinos and the fact that abortion is illegal, apart from a few rare health-indicated exemptions.

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The Filipino population will reach 107 million this year, which is up from the 100-million breakthrough back in July 2014 and up from 105.53 million at the end of last year, the Commission on Population (PopCom) announced on January 2.

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The Filipino population will reach 107 million this year, which is up from the 100-million breakthrough back in July 2014 and up from 105.53 million at the end of last year, the Commission on Population (PopCom) announced on January 2.

Citing projections by the Philippine Statistics Authority, PopCom executive director Juan Antonio Perez III said the population was estimated to grow to slightly above 107.19 million by December 31, 2018. This would entrench the Philippines’ status as second-most populous country in Southeast Asia behind Indonesia and 12th most populous country in the world behind Mexico and ahead of Egypt.

Perez said the increase would be boosted by some 1.8 million babies expected to be born this year, representing a growth rate of 1.69 per cent. 

“That means we will be adding 4,953 Filipinos per day, or 206 every hour in 2018,” he said.

By PopCom’s estimates, Filipina women of reproductive age, or those aged 15 to 49 years old, will increase by over 400,000 compared to last year, totaling to about 27,713,110. But that figure is expected to increase even further up to around 33,114,600 or about 30.5 per cent of the total population. PopCom explained this is because of the increasing trend on teenage pregnancy among ten- to 14-year-old girls.

Meanwhile, Filipinos aged above 60 are expected to be around 8,013,000 by the end of 2018, or 0.23 per cent more than the projection in 2017.

The strong population growth in the Philippines is mainly attributable to the strong opposition of the Catholic Church towards any government-supported birth control policy, difficulty to access contraceptives for average Filipinos and the fact that abortion is illegal, apart from a few rare health-indicated exemptions.

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