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Population growth in 2021 will be the slowest in seven decades.

In 2021, the Philippines’ population expanded by 324,000 people, or 0.3 percent, compared to the 914,797 births recorded in 2020.

The annual “natural increase” was the lowest since 1946 and 1947, when the population rose by 254,000 people, according to the Commission on Population and Development (PopCom).

“During the combined economic crisis and Covid-19 health disaster, Filipinos remained conservative by deferring having children or starting households. In all parts of the country, couples are increasingly using family planning goods and services, with eight million users of modern family planning methods in 2020, up around 500,000 from 2019,” PopCom chief Dr. Juan Perez III noted in a live cast.

PopCom calculated the figures based on preliminary information from the Philippine Statistics Authority from January 2020 to August 2021.

By the end of 2021, the Filipino population is expected to be at 109,991,095 people, down two million from prior projections based on a 1.63 percent population growth rate.

According to Perez, the country and households have a better chance of recovering from the Covid-19 outbreak due to lower population growth in 2020-2021, as well as stronger national and local government skills in providing quality services.

“We should expect a more stable population that can successfully support Philippine development if integrated population and development initiatives are maintained.” Smaller family sizes require a national living wage framework that allows parents to save for unmet food, housing, and schooling needs in their homes. Individuals in advanced areas like the National Capital Region, Calabarzon, and Central Luzon fall further behind due to disparities in regional pay patterns, according to Perez.

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