Population up to 88.57M in 2007
By Cai Ordinario
The Philippine population continued to increase and is now pegged at 88.57 million based on the 2007 Census of Population conducted by the National Statistics Office (NSO), the President said Wednesday.
In Proclamation 1489, or the Declaration as Official the 2007 Population Count of the Philippines by Province, City, Municipality and Barangay as Obtained from the 2007 Census of Population Conducted by the NSO, the President said there are 88,574,614 Filipinos as of August 1, 2007, when the survey was conducted.
Acting Director General Augusto Santos of the National Economic and Development Authority (Neda) said that while the actual number of Filipinos was less than the NSO projection of 90.4 million, the growth rate was slightly higher at 2.04 percent from the annual target of 1.95 percent from 2005 to 2010.
The population count was also higher than in the last 2000 Census of Population, which was at 76.50 million and represented a growth of 2.36 percent a year.
However, with the release of the official population count, Santos said the government remains confident its population-management policies are doing well and that there are no plans of changing them.
Santos said the policies that seek to promote responsible parenting and the use of natural family-planning methods are “somehow taking effect.”
“In a sense, the population was close to the target and lower than the previous decade,” Santos told reporters.
Santos said the population grew by 3.01 percent a year between 1960 and 1970; 2.75 percent a year between 1970 and 1980; and 2.34 percent a year between 1990 and 2000.
He noted that the target growth rate of 1.95 percent a year and the actual growth rate of 2.04 percent in 2007 showed a difference of around 0.1 percent, which is equivalent to the addition of 80,000 Filipino babies born every year.
Santos said the country compares well with its counterparts in the Association of Southeast Asian Nations in terms of population growth. The population of Malaysia grows by 2.1 percent a year; Vietnam, 1.4 percent; Indonesia, 1.3 percent; and Thailand, 0.8 percent.
Among these countries, Malaysia is the only one which aims to increase its population in aid of development. Santos said the Malaysian government adopted this population policy since its previous population was less than 20 million.
In the 2000 Census of Population, the NSO said more than half, or 55.97 percent, of the 76.5 million total population resided in Luzon. It was followed by Mindanao with 23.70 percent and the Visayas with 20.30 percent.
Of the 16 regions comprising the Philippine archipelago, Southern Tagalog was the biggest in terms of population size. Southern Tagalog registered a total population of 11,793,655 persons, accounting for 15.42 percent of the Philippine population.
The National Capital Region followed with 9,932,560 persons, or 12.98 percent of the total population. Central Luzon (Region 3) registered the third largest population with 8,030,945 persons or 10.50 percent of the total population. These three regions combined comprised 38.90 percent of the total population.