the Philippines


Manila, Luzon




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Demographic statistics 

may 2000


In 2000 the ranking of the Philippines  as a country was number 14 

on the list of the countries with a population of 50 million inhabitants or more.

The total population in the Philippines in that year was already more than 76 million. It is estimated that the population of the Philippines will grow to

more than 128 million in 2050. 

At that time  the ranking of the Philippines will be even higher on the list of countries with a large population. Number 12!



Demographic figures and rates for the country in 2000


Number of


Annual Growth Rate













Source: National Statistic Office (NSO), Manila, the Philippines



Population of the Philippines by various census years

Philippine Population by Various Census Years: 76.5 Million as of Year 2000

Source: National Statistic Office (NSO), Manila, the Philippines



Birth- and death rates, per 1000 inhabitants




birth rate               26,2               25,7
death rate                                  5,8                5,8

Source: Quickstat, NSO of the Philippines



Family Planning, 2001


prevalence rate*

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  49,5 %

  modern method

   33,1 %

 traditional  method   

  16,4 %

* rates concerning : married women, age 15-49

Source: Quickstat, NSO of the Philippines



Distribution of the population, 2000

over the  three main parts of the country 

over the provinces 

distribution per province



Population growth in the period 2000 - 2005


Estimated annual population growth rate,  2000-2005 ( in % / year)   


Population growth 

What about the future?


The population will double within 29 years!


In 2000 the annual population growth rate in the Philippines was 2,36 %. When that rate would stand in the coming 30 years, the total population will double in 29 years! 

Estimations of the United Nations Population Division however, show for the near future a more moderate  rate of 1,86.per year for the period 2000-2005. Still it will be a too high rate. The growth of the population pressure  will give very serious problems in rural and in urban areas.


Serious problems if the growth rate 

will not decrease dramatically!


Creating enough jobs and providing the necessary basic needs to keep the same (low) standard of living,  will be very difficult if not impossible when the growth rate will be 1.8 % or higher. Unemployment will rise,  more migration to the urban areas will take place because of lack of possibilities for subsistence in the rural areas.

In the urban areas we'll see  more and more problems of housing, unemployment, crime and unhealthy situations. The social and economic overpopulation will be unavoidable if the  growth of the population will not decrease dramatically.


What is the influence of religion?


The influence of the religions is probably significant. Most people in the Philippines are catholic. Family planning is necessary but for the moment not in the minds of the leaders of the catholic church. The highest growth rates however, are in the southern part of Mindanao (the Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao) where the dominant religion  is the islam.

The Philippines 1,86
Malaysia 1,72
Indonesia 1,21
Singapore 1,74
Thailand 1,14
China 0,71
Vietnam 1,30
Iraq 2,75
Afghanistan 3,68
Egypt 1,67
Singapore 1,74
France 0,36
The Netherlands 0,35
England 0,18
USA 0,89
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