Philippines' 1.6% annual population growth rate trumps India, US, China
MANILA, Philippines — The United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA) reported that the Philippines’ population grew by 1.6 percent annually from 2010 to 2019.
According to the report, the annual population growth rate in the country is faster than India (1.2 percent), the United States (0.7 percent) and China (0.5 percent).
UNFPA’s report also showed that the country’s annual population growth rate is among the highest in the Southeast Asian region along with Malaysia, Singapore, and Cambodia, which also reported an annual growth rate of 1.6 percent.
The Democratic Republic of Timor-Leste, had the highest annual population growth rate in the region at 2.2 percent.
The Philippines’ current population of 108.1 million, the report added, is 40 million more than the 1994 population of 68.2 million.
In terms of population composition per age in 2019, 64 percent of Filipinos are in the 15 to 64 age range while 31 percent are aged 0 to 14.
Only 5 percent of the population are aged 65 and above.
Life expectancy of Filipinos is at 70 years, an improvement from the 66 years in 1994 and 61 years in 1969.
Amid the rising population, UNFPA hailed the government’s efforts to implement family planning methods in the country through the revamped National Program on Population and Family Planning (NPPFP) which would accelerate the full implementation of the Responsible Parenthood and Reproductive Health Act.
“The Philippine government remains strong in its commitment to fulfill the promise of the International Conference on Population and Development Programme of Action, to put people at the center of sustainable development and to pursue the realization of every Filipino’s sexual and reproductive rights,” said Undersecretary for Population and Development and Executive Director of the Philippine Commission on Population and Development (POPCOM) Dr. Juan Antonio A. Perez III during the release of the report. / gsg