MANILA, Philippines -The National Statistics Office on Monday said the country's population could go past the 100-million mark by 2015 if the 2% annual population growth rate is maintained.
NSO Deputy Administrator Paula Monina Collado said there are currently 88.6 million Filipinos in the country as of 2007. She said with 2% annual growth, the number could have ballooned to 94 million Filipinos in 2010.
For his part, Health Secretary Enrique Ona said he supports the reproductive health bill that has been stalled in Congress for 14 years.
He said the government should include artificial contraceptives among the range of choices offered to couples.
"There is no one way of family planning, they are free to choose what's best for them," he said at a World Population Day press conference of the United Nations Population Fund.