PH Pop­u­la­tion to reach 105.7-M by end of 2017

Sun.Star Pampanga - - FRONT PAGE - BY IAN OCAM PO FLORA Sun.Star Staff Re­porter

CITY OF SAN FER­NANDO— The Com­mis­sion on Pop­u­la­tion Cen­tral Lu­zon (POPCOM-3) dis­closed yes­ter­day that Philip­pine pop­u­la­tion will con­tinue to in­crease this year and is pro­jected to reach 105,758,850 by De­cem­ber 31, 2017.

The pro­jec­tion is based on pro­jec­tions made us­ing data from the Philip­pine Sta­tis­tics Author­ity (PSA).

In­cluded in the pro­jec­tion are 27,293,422 women of re­pro­duc­tive age (aged 15 to 49).

These women are usu­ally the ben­e­fi­cia­ries of re­pro­duc­tive health ser­vices un­der the Re­spon­si­ble Par­ent­hood and Re­pro­duc­tive Health Law. Ado­les­cent girls 10-19 years old will also in­crease to 10,080,824 next year.

Based on the most re­cent data from the PSA (2014), it is ex­pected that over 200,000 ado­les­cent girls will give birth in 2017.

The fig­ures for women of re­pro­duc­tive age and ado­les­cent girls con­tinue to be the high­est num­bers on record. This trend is ex­pected to con­tinue up to 2022 when the num­bers of women of re­pro­duc­tive age are ex­pected to peak at 29.1 mil­lion and ado­les­cent girls at 11.3 mil­lion.

“The continuing in­crease in pop­u­la­tion is due to rel­a­tively high fer­til­ity rates of Filipino women which are three chil­dren on av­er­age. How­ever, 11 of the 17 re­gions show higher fer­til­ity rates than the na­tional av­er­age. ARMM, Bi­col and West­ern Visayas con­tinue to have rates rang­ing from 3.8 in West­ern Visayas to 4.1 in Bi­col and 4.2 in ARMM,” Ex­ec­u­tive Di­rec­tor Juan A. Perez III of POPCOM noted.

Other pop­u­la­tion trends be­ing tracked by POPCOM for 2017 are the num­ber of school­child­ren which are ex­pected to rise to 31.5 mil­lion, la­bor force of 66.7 mil­lion and pop­u­la­tion over 65 years old at 5.2 mil­lion.

Based on the num­ber of births in 2014 re­ported by PSA, there were 3.33 Filipinos born ev­ery minute that year.

More males than fe­males were born with 1.02 males born for ev­ery fe­male. Based on PSA pro­jec­tions of 1,691,897 births in 2017, the num­ber of Filipinos born per minute will go down to 3.22 births per minute next year.

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