PH population in 2020 expected to slow down POPCOM

11-Dec-2019 Intellasia | UNTV News | 6:02 AM Print This Post

The country’s population in 2020 is expected to slow down, according to the Commission on Population (PopCom), with an estimated growth of only 108.7 million next year.

According to the agency, the growth rate of the country’s population dropped to 1.5 percent compared to 1.7 percent from last year.

One reason, the agency concludes, is the household’s preference to limit their number of children.

From four children, most couples prefer to have at least two to three children.

“Ang mga bata na nagsisimula ng pamilya, minimum wage [earners] (Those who start a family at an early age are minimum wage earners),” explained PopCom Executive director Juan Antonio Perez III.

“So talagang napipilitan silang pag-aralan ang situwasyon nila at pinipili nila talaga na magkaroon lang ng bilang ng anak na kaya nilang suportahan (So they are forced to plan for the situation and they choose to limit the number of children to support to),” he added.

Nevertheless, the agency said, this decision will not affect the country’s workforce because the Philippines currently has 69 million Filipinos able for employment.

The only problem, the agency noted, is the population congestion in Metro Manila, CALABARZON, and Central Luzon.

“Doon nagpupuntahan dahil may opportunity ng trabaho [at] hindi ganoon kahirap ang buhay (They go there because of job opportunities and the manner of living is not that difficult),” the official said.

PopCom said economic activities like the government’s Build Build Build programme can help improve the lives of those in the regions.

Apart from this, the agency noted the need for the government to set up livelihood programmes for the 10 million senior citizens to augment their needs given that they only receive a small amount in pension.

“Nakita naming na well-educated ang older population natin (We’ve assessed that our older population is well educated),” Perez said.

“May kaalaman, may wisdom, dapat i-tap ng gobyerno iyan (They have the knowledge and wisdom; government should tap them),” he concluded.


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