The country’s population is projected to grow to 110.8 million in 2021, an increase from the previous 109.4 million at the onset of this year, the Commission on Population and Development said.
PopCom said the Philippines’ population growth rate is projected to decline to 1.3% in 2021 from 1.7% in 2016.
The country’s projected population next year, however, may still increase due to more unplanned pregnancies brought about by the COVID-19 pandemic, affecting the under-one age group in the Philippines.
It added, “Our firm projection is that our population will be 110.8 million based on [the Philippine Statistics Authority]. Because of Covid, it could go up to 111.1 million or higher.”
Meanwhile, the working-age group is also projected to reach 71.2 million by next year, which would make up 64% of the country’s entire population.
PopCom noted that this would also mean that the Philippines will need to generate at least half a million new jobs in 2021.