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UN to be informed by PopCom of the recent population report

After the UN named the Philippines as one of the eight nations expected to contribute more than half of the world’s population by 2050, the Commission on Population and Development (PopCom) is poised to provide an update on the nation’s population growth statistics.

The Democratic Republic of the Congo, Egypt, Ethiopia, India, Nigeria, Pakistan, and the United Republic of Tanzania were also members of the UN, in addition to the Philippines.

Undersecretary Juan Antonio Perez III, the newly appointed executive director of PopCom, claimed that the UN likely based its analysis on data from the years 2015 to 2020 when the country was still averaging 2.7 or nearly three children per mother before the coronavirus disease 2019 (Covid-19) struck.

According to Perez, data from 2015 to 2020 revealed an average yearly population growth of 1.5 million in the Philippines.

Despite having 1.3 million births in 2021, the lowest number in the previous 50 years, the country also registered 850,000 deaths from diseases including Covid-19 and other causes, which reduced the country’s population increase to 450,000, according to data from the Philippine Statistics Authority (PSA).

Perez claimed that these most recent data are still unknown to the UN.

“900,000 people are expected by 2020. When examining the population growth in 2020, it was found that there were 900,000 more people than in Covid-19. Because of Covid-19, many people died, which is why our population increase was slower, “explained him.

“However, if you go by PSA’s estimates, there will only be 1.8 children born to each woman in 2020. The Filipino family today is quite poor. It is still relevant now given that Covid is the context. Kaya siguro, iu-update namin ang UN na malaki pa rin ang bilang ng nanganganak sa Pilipinas, 1.3 million pero hindi na ganon kalaki ang pamilyang Pilipino kaysa dati (The Filipino family now is smaller) (The Filipino family now is smaller). Only Covid could have caused this. Because of this, perhaps we will inform the UN that although there are still 1.3 million births in the Philippines, Filipino families are no longer as large as they once were “said Perez.

Within the term of President Ferdinand Marcos Jr., PopCom intends to expand its reproductive health programs to reach the additional 1–2 million women who still require family planning information and education.

To increase the productivity of the nation’s food producers and achieve food security, Perez stated they would concentrate on the families of farmers and fishermen.

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