Nearly 2 million babies expected next year: POPCOM

ABS-CBN News

Posted at Jun 25 2020 08:03 AM

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MANILA - The Philippines will have nearly 2 million live births next year, the Commission on Population said Thursday as millions of people on lockdown due to the COVID-19 pandemic may not have access to family planning methods.

Around 1.8 million babies are expected with another 200,000 due to the pandemic, according to POPCOM executive director Juan Antonio III, citing projection by the University of the Philippines' Population Institute and the United Nations Population Fund.

"Alam naman natin sa loob ng household ay...hindi naman ganun kastrikto. Sa mag-asawa di mo madidikta 'yan so nangyayari pa rin 'yun," he told ABS-CBN's Teleradyo.

Ten percent or some 180,000 teenagers give birth every year, according to Antonio, adding that the agency is working with the Department of Health in its campaign against unplanned pregnancies.

Healthworkers distributed 3 months' supply of birth control pills house-to-house last March and will have to distribute again, he added.

For those seeking reproductive health information, the public may call Popcom through these numbers: (02) 8782-9284; (02) 8531-6897; 0917-597-0770; and 0998-865-2810.

Popcom's wellness clinic in Barangay Addition Hills, Mandaluyong City is also open Monday to Friday, from 7 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Per Popcom estimates, the Philippines has a population of 108 million people, according to 2015 projections. The Philippine Statistics Authority placed the growth rate in 2015, the last census, at 1.72 percent. The next census is set for this year.