The country’s population is expected to reach 92.2 million this year, the National Statistics Office (NSO) said yesterday.
The NSO based its projection on the 2000 census-based population projections which it prepared in collaboration with the Inter-Agency Working Group on Population Projections.
Of the 92.2 million, 46.3 million are males, slightly higher than the female population which is expected to reach 45.8 million.
NSO Administrator Carmelita N. Ericta said the expected population was based on the medium assumption series of the population projections.
The low and high assumption series estimated the country’s total population this year to reach 91.8 million and 92.5 million, respectively, with the male population consistently numbering higher than the female population group.
The latest Census of Population (Popcen) conducted in 2007 recorded the country’s total population at 88.5 million. In 1995, it was recorded at 68.6 million while in 2000, the NSO recorded the Philippine population at 76.5 million.
Ericta said “the population is projected to grow by 1.95 percent in the 2005 to 2010 period from 85.3 million in 2005 to 94 million in 2010.”
“By 2040, the country’s population is expected to reach 141.7 million or an additional 65 million Filipinos between the years 2000 to 2040 even if the average annual growth rate is projected to drastically decline from 2.34 percent during the 1999 to 2000 period to around 1.0 percent during the 2030 to 2040 period,” Ericta said.
By Christina I. Hermoso