Economy


Population projected at 105 million by end-2017




Posted on December 30, 2016


THE population of the Philippines is projected at 105 million by the end of 2017, driven by continuing high levels of fertility among women of childbearing age.

According to the Commission on Population (POPCOM), the expected Philippine population will reach 105.759 million by Dec. 31, 2017.

“The continuing increase in population is due to relatively high fertility rates of Filipino women which is 3 children on average,” POPCOM Executive Director Juan A. Perez III said in a statement.

Mr. Perez added that of the 17 regions in the country, eleven have fertility rates higher 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,” said Mr. Perez.

There will be an increase in the number of adolescent girls aged 10 to 19 as POPCOM expects the fertile female population in that age group to reach 27.293 million.

By 2022, the population commission expects the number of women of reproductive age to peak at 29.11 million while adolescent girls of reproductive age will hit 11.3 million.

“The figures for women of reproductive age and adolescent girls continue to be the highest numbers on record,” said POPCOM.

Meanwhile, the number of schoolchildren is projected to increase to 31.5 million next year. On the other hand, people who are over 65 years old will total 5.2 million.

POPCOM also expects a labor force of 66.7 million by the end of December 2017.

The Philippine Statistics Authority (PSA) earlier projected the number of births in the Philippines at 1.692 million in 2017 with the number of Filipinos born every minute to fall to 3.22. -- Danica M. Uy