As the Philippine population hit 109,035,343 as of May 1, 2020, the Commission on Population and Development (POPCOM) calls on government and partners to provide more resources and opportunities for development to ensure the wellbeing of all Filipinos.

The steady growth of the country’s population with about 1.6 million Filipinos added annually in the last five years denotes increasing human resources that can contribute to socioeconomic development of the country. It further calls for actions from governments at all levels to intensify their initiatives to ensure that all Filipinos are healthy, educated, resilient and able to contribute to national development.

“The results of the 2020 Census imply the continuing relevance of population and development programs that aim to put people at the center of development,” POPCOM Usec. Juan Antonio A. Perez III, MD, MPH explained. He also noted that since the census was conducted during the pandemic, the return migration of overseas Filipino workers to the country may also have contributed to the movement in the Philippines’ population count.

The country’s population growth rate (PGR) of 1.63% from 2015 to 2020 was lower compared with that of 1.72% in 2010 to 2015. The census also revealed that majority of the Philippine population resides in Luzon (57%), followed by Mindanao (24%), and the Visayas (19%).

Usec. Perez cited that the population numbers in the Bangsamoro Region which grew to 4,404,288 from 2015 to 2020 had the fastest annual PGR at 3.26% or about 31 persons added per year for every 1,000 persons in the said area’s population, while Eastern Visayas posted the lowest PGR among all the 17 regions at 0.50%. In terms of absolute numbers, CALABARZON gained the most population with an additional 1,780,268 persons from 2015. On the other hand, Region I’s population also increased from 5,026,128 to 5,301,139 or an additional 275,011 persons from the last 5 years, with higher PGR at 1.13% compared to that of 1.09% in 2010 to 2015.

“Achieving the country’s demographic dividend or the opportunity to optimize the increasing proportion of the working age population in the next few years will entail much work, especially in the time of Covid-19. As the government’s lead agency in implementing the upcoming Philippine Population and Development Program or PPDP, POPCOM continues to seek their invaluable support to help us advance our population strategies in the attainment of more resilient communities, and an improved quality of life for every Filipino family,” Perez concluded. (by: Maria Cristina F. Martinez/POPCOM-Region I)