Local Health News
Philippine Population To Exceed 107M By December 2018
Condensed by L.D. Ramirez (sourced from a Rappler article by Mara Cepeda)
The workforce will increase, but the number of elderly will rise as well. If we consider the decreasing population of under 14s, this will lead to fewer children being born in the coming decades.
Based on the latest census of the Philippine Statistics Authority, the Philippine population will increase by 1.8 million by the end of 2018.
Population in the Philippines is expected to reach around 107,190,081 individuals by December 31, 2018, according to a statistical projection by the Commission on Population (PopCom).
By PopCom’s estimates, Filipina women of reproductive age (15 to 49 years old) will increase by over 400,000 compared to last year, totalling to about 27,713,110.
The said figure is expected to increase even further, up to 33,114,606 or about 30.5% of the total population. This is because of the increasing trend of teenage pregnancy among 10 to 14-year-old girls.
For girls aged 10 to 19, their population is expected to rise to 10,697,289. Despite this, PopCom said the percentage of girl adolescents will decline by 9.42%.
The commission also predicted an increase in population in the 15 to 64-year-old age group from 63.72% to 63.88%.
Meanwhile, Filipinos aged above 60 are expected to be around 8,013,059 by the end of 2018, or 0.23% more than the projection in 2017. A total of 5,082,049 will be aged 65 and older.
“All in all, this means that the workforce will increase, but the number of elderly will rise as well. If we consider the decreasing population of under 14s, this will lead to fewer children being born,” said PopCom.