Steady Growth in PHL’s Working-Age Population Could Be a Boon or a Boom, Says POPCOM

Queuing for the daily commute to work in Metro Manila in this September 2021 photo. – PHILIPPINE STAR/ MICHAEL VARCAS

STEADY growth in the PhilippinesAccording to the Commission on Population and Development (POPCOM), the working-age population, as indicated by the latest government data, could be a boon or a bane for the country.

The high fertility levels of the past two decades are projected to create an influx of young people entering the labor market until 2035,POPCOM Executive Director Juan A. Perez said in a statement on Sunday, citing 2020 population data from the Philippine Statistics Authority (PSA).

This could prove to be a boon to the country if they become efficient workers, or a lost generation if they are unemployed or underemployed, which will create a socio-economic burden on a smaller employed population. , he said.

APS data showed that the working-age population, spanning 15 to 64, accounts for 63.9 percent of Filipinos, up from 63.3 percent in 2015 and 59.1 percent in 2000.

Women of childbearing age, or those aged 15 to 49, were also at an all-time high in 2020 at 27.8 million from 26 million in 2015.

Mr. Perez said it was welcome opportunity for more Filipinos to further increase the countrys potential number of active citizens.

At the same time, POPCOM estimates that at least nine million women in this age group will need family planning services.

Mr. Perez said the national government must meet the contraceptive needs of the 7.6 million women who are currently served by local governments, as well as anticipate the family planning needs of other women in this population group. age.

POPCOM noted that the latest demographics with children ages zero to 4 are down highlight the effectiveness from the countryfamily planning program.

The percentage share of Filipino children under five fell to 10.2% in 2020 from 10.8% in 2015 and 12.6% in 2000. For those under 15, the percentage also fell in over the past two decades to reach 30.7% in 2020 compared to 37% in 2000.

Meanwhile, the median age of Filipinos has also increased to 25.3 years from 23.3 years in 2010, continuing a 30-year trend of increasing median age of Filipinos,said POPCOM.

People aged 60 or over made up 8.5% of the 2020 population, or 9.2 million, up from 5.9% or 4.5 million in 2000.

The Philippines had a total population of over 109 million according to PSA2020 census. Marifi S.Jara

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