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Philippine population to reach 107M by end of 2018 – PopCom

by UNTV News   |   Posted on Thursday, December 7th, 2017

Population Commission statistics

MANILA, Philippines — Almost two million or 1.7% is expected to add in the Philippines population next year from its current number of 104.5M.

According to the Commission on Population (PopCom), 62% of this belongs to the working group or the ages of 15 to 62 years old.

PopCom admitted that this number poses a challenge to the government as far as providing jobs is concerned, especially now that close to 50% of women are jobless.

“Kahit na marami tayong productive na population kung wala naman silang proper training para makakuha ng tamang trabaho o kaya yung trabaho nila hindi maganda o kulang ang income nila ay hindi magiging maganda yung kinabukasan nila,” said PopCom Exec. Dir. Dr. Juan Antonio Perez III.

To date, around seven million of the Philippine population are senior citizens and this number is estimated to double in 12 years.

PopCom said that health services and pension programs should be improved for the benefit of these elders.

“May mga sakit tayo katulad ng Alzeimer, mga nai-stroke na kailangan araw-araw may nagaalalay sayo,” said the director.

PopCom also noticed the increasing year of life expectancy.

In the 1960s, life expectancy is 65 years.

At present, life expectancy for women is 72 years and 67 years for men.

According to PopCom, vices and diseases among men are among the reasons for shorter lives of males than females.

“Nakikita naming mas maraming may TB na lalake. May mga cancer na mas kuwan sa mga kalalakihan at yung violence mga murder biktima nun madalas kalalakihan,” said Perez.

Around 40M of the Philippine population are living in the mega-region composed of Central Luzon, Metro Manila and Calabarzon.

Of the three, Calabarzon records higher population with the presence of more job opportunities in the region.

“Ang urbanization sa Calabarzon mataas na. Ibig sabihin maraming business, maraming industriya na naglugar doon kaya doon nagpupuntahan ang mga tao,” said Perez. — Rey Pelayo | UNTV News & Rescue

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PH population estimated to reach 104-M by end of 2017 – POPCOM

by UNTV News   |   Posted on Wednesday, July 12th, 2017


MANILA, Philippines — Coinciding with the observance of World Population Day, the Commission on Population together with the United Nations Population Fund continues to campaign for family planning.

According to POPCOM, the Philippine’s population is likely to reach 104 million by the end of 2017.

The agency sees the need for birth control especially that one in every 10 women is now becoming a mother or having her first baby at the aged of 15 to 19 years old.

Family planning advocate, Mary Joyce More decided to practice family planning after giving birth to her 2 children.

She gave birth to her first child when she was just 19.

“Pag nagbubuntis ka ng sunod-sunod. Katulad naming marami kami, yun yung iniwasan ko siyempre,” she  said. (Getting pregnant in quick succession is what I’m trying to avoid. Like in our case, I have many siblings.)

Though POPCOM is campaigning for the modern family planning method, minors cannot have access to it unless they get their parents’ consent.

That’s why POPCOM is encouraging them to practice the natural method instead.

“Primary intervention natin pa rin is prevention. Yun pa ring abstinence kung maaari parin yung pupwede natin isulong base narin sa ating kultura,” POPCOM Deputy Exec. Dir. Lolito Tacardon said.

(Our primary intervention is prevention. We encourage abstinence if possible, based also on our culture.)

POPCOM cites that non-poor Filipinos have an average of two children while poor families commonly have five.

The agency is now focusing its programs on how to inform families to limit their number of children.

Basher Batuan also wants to practice family planning because he already has six children and he is just earning P300  a day by selling goods.

“Mahirap na ang buhay ngayon eh (Life is so hard nowadays),” said Batuan.  – Rey Pelayo | UNTV News & Rescue


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DOH, Popcom urge SC to lift TRO on Reproductive Health Law

by UNTV News and Rescue   |   Posted on Friday, March 10th, 2017

The Department of Health and the Population Commission express concern over the increasing rate of maternal deaths in the country.

For this reason, DOH and Popcom are asking the Supreme Court to lift the temporary restraining order imposed on RA 10-354 or the Reproductive Health Law.

Popcom has explained that since 2015 when the Supreme Court blocked the implementation of the Reproductive Health Law, the country’s population increased by half a million.

With RH Law, Popcom predicts the country’s population to reach 110 million by the end of President Duterte’s term in 2022. But without the law, our population will further grow to 113 million.

“From June 2015 up to around February of this year, we predict an additional 500K additional pregnancies. Yung 500K additional pregnancies would result in 1,100 maternal deaths… and over the next 5 years there will be an additional 7,000”, said Popcom Executive Director Jose Antonio Perez.

DOH is concerned that the country’s population would grow even further after 2019 because the country can no longer import contraceptives by then.

“Hindi pa handa ibig sabihin hindi pa ready yung katawan dahil kapapanganak palang at gustong bigyan ng space o kaya medyo may edad na pero posible paring mabuntis madami ng anak hindi naman makatigil na magtrabaho. So ito yung ilan sa mga dahilan kaya nagkakaroon tayo ng mortality rin among pregnant”, health undersecretary Gerando Bayuga said.

In 2016, the Supreme Court rejected the lifting of the TRO. Since then, the use of injectible contraceptive Implanon and Implanon NXT has been banned.

Instead of lifting the TRO, the Supreme Court returned the petition to the Food and Drug Administration who was ordered to investigate if Implanon and Implanon NXT are contraceptives used for abortion.

This was after SC has proven that a total of 77 contraceptives petitioned by the petitioner were identified as abortifacient or capable of abortion.

The Supreme Court also ordered FDA to draft certain guidelines for review and approval of contraceptives to be used under the RH law as well as details of selling, purchasing, and distribution of contraceptives.

The high court insists the life of the unborn child is still of utmost priority. – Rey Pelayo | UNTV News and Rescue



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Phl population seen to increase by more than 9M in Duterte’s term

by UNTV News   |   Posted on Thursday, December 29th, 2016

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The Philippine population is expected to reach 112.6 million within the 6-year term of President Rodrigo Duterte.

The Commission on Population (POPCOM) projected the figure by estimating that around 1.8 million is added every year to the country’s population.

In 2017, the country’s population is seen to reach 105.75 million.

Topping the most populated region is CALABARZON with almost 15 million this year, followed by the National Capital Region (NCR) with more than 13 million, and third is Central Luzon with 11.4 million.

“Alam natin na ‘yung (we know that) minimum wage sa (in) NCR at (and) Region 4 ay mas malaki, ay mas mataas kaysa anomang region sa Pilipinas ( is higher than any region in the Philippines). So, they tend to go there looking for better opportunities,” said POPCOM executive director Juan Antonio Perez III.

The data gathered by POCOM will be used in planning the delivery of services to the public.

Women’s life expectancy is higher than men’s which is 72 and 67 respectively.

“Ang mga kalalakihan tend not to pay much attention sa kanilang kalusugan,” Perez said.

(Males usually tend not to pay much attention to their health.)

Even if the life expectancy of women is greater, they have more disabilities.

The Philippine’s working population now is 62% with ages ranging from 15-64. But POPCOM said it will only be wasted if they will not be accommodated for jobs or will not be provided with a quality health care. — Rey Pelayo | UNTV News & Rescue

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