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Philippines’ population growth slowed to 0.3 percent in 2021

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Population growth in the Philippines was projected to have slowed to just 0.3 percent in 2021.
The slowest in more than 70 years as Filipinos delayed having children amid the COVID-19 pandemic, a government agency said on Thursday.
An estimated 324,000 babies were born in 2021, the lowest figure since the period between 1946 and 1947, when the country's population grew by 254,000 babies, the Population and Development Commission said.



At the end of 2021, the country's total population was estimated at 109,991,095, down 2 million from previous projections based on a population growth rate of 1.63 percent, the commission said.
The decrease was due to more Filipinos practicing family planning amid the COVID-19 crisis and the economic crisis resulting from the closures, said Juan Pérez III, head of the commission.
Philippines’ population growth slowed to 0.3 percent in 2021

Population growth in the Philippines was projected to have slowed to just 0.3 percent in 2021.

The slowest in more than 70 years as Filipinos delayed having children amid the COVID-19 pandemic, a government agency said on Thursday.

An estimated 324,000 babies were born in 2021, the lowest figure since the period between 1946 and 1947, when the country’s population grew by 254,000 babies, the Population and Development Commission said.

At the end of 2021, the country’s total population was estimated at 109,991,095, down 2 million from previous projections based on a population growth rate of 1.63 percent, the commission said.

The decrease was due to more Filipinos practicing family planning amid the COVID-19 crisis and the economic crisis resulting from the closures, said Juan Pérez III, head of the commission.

“Filipinos remain prudent in continuing to delay having children or starting families during the combined economic crisis and COVID-19 health emergency,” he said in a statement.

The Philippines had been experiencing a spike in new COVID-19 cases since the Christmas holidays amid the spread of the highly transmissible Omicron variant of the virus.

On Thursday, the Department of Health reported an additional 31,173 cases of COVID-19, bringing the country’s total cases since the start of the pandemic to more than 3.32 million.

The death toll rose from 110 to 53,153, it added.

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