As more Filipinos prefer smaller family sizes, the Philippine Statistics Authority (PSA) said the country’s population growth continues at a slower pace.
The country’s total population rose by 1.63 percent between 2015 and 2020, slower compared to 1.72 percent registered in 2010 until 2015, PSA undersecretary and national statistician said based on the results of the 2020 Census of Population and Housing.
“The trend is actually going down so one of the reasons of course is the preference of many families for smaller family size. But this is not unique, this 2015-2020 (census), because we are seeing a downtrend in terms of population growth several censuses already,” he said.
Mapa said the total population of the country reached 109,035,343 as of May 1, 2020, up by over 8 million from 100,981,437 in 2015.
He identified the most populous regions in 2000 as Region 4-A (Cavite, Laguna, Batangas, Rizal and Quezon) with a population of 16,195,042; National Capital Region (NCR) -13,484,462; and Region 3 (Central Luzon) -12,422,172.