MANILA, Philippines – The Filipino population is expected to grow just 0.3 percent or 324,000 in 2021, according to the Commission on Population and Development (Popcom).
Popcom, in a statement, said this annual “natural increase” is the smallest since the period between 1946 and 1947, when the population increased by 254,000.
“As such, Filipinos will number 109,991,095 by the end of 2021, down 2 million from previous projections based on a population growth rate or PGR of 1.63%. “
Popcom Executive Director Dr Juan Perez III explained that Filipinos remain cautious in continuing to delay having children or forming families during the combined economic crisis and the COVID-19 health emergency.
“Growing numbers of couples continue to benefit from family planning products and services in all regions of the country, with 8 million users of modern family planning methods in 2020, approximately 500,000 more than in 2019,” he added.
“Natural increase” in population, or natural change in population, refers to the projection based on the number of births minus deaths during a given period.
Popcom made the calculations based on preliminary vital statistics reports from the Philippine Statistics Authority (PSA) for the period January 2020 to August 2021.
Popcom also noted that the natural increase in population in 2020 was 914,797 in reference to PSA vital statistics, which placed the population at the end of 2020 at 109,667,216. population that year was 0.79 percent.
Perez went on to point out that the past two years of low population growth provide opportunities to achieve a more stable population that can support socio-economic development at national and household levels if integrated population and development interventions are supported. .
“If the integrated population and development measures are maintained, we can expect a more stable population that can effectively support the development of the Philippines. Smaller families must be supported by a national living wage structure that also allows parents to save for their households’ unmet needs for food, shelter and education, ”said Perez.
“Unequal regional salary structures only leave individuals falling further behind than those in progressive regions such as the national capital region, Calabarzon and central Luzon,” he added.
Perez also said that the low population growth of 2020-2021 is enabling the country and households to recover from the COVID-19 epidemic, thanks to the increased capacities of national and local governments to provide quality services to Filipinos.
However, Perez revealed that the agency’s projected population for 2021 does not yet cover international migration during the year and that vital registration data as reported by PSA is also subject to underreporting and to a late declaration.
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