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The Commission on Population and Development (POPCOM)’s recent report says that the country’s population is continuously growing by more than 2 M people every year. 

According to United Nations Population Division, the current estimated population of the Philippines is at around 108 M, making us the 13th most populous country in the world. Meanwhile, the data from Philippine Statistics Authority (PSA) shows that there are three babies born per minute. 

This might sound big, but as a matter of fact, this rate of growth has declined by 1.76 percent annually since 2015. When this number continuous, our country’s population is expected to reach double in the next 39 years. 

And despite the government’s extensive programs on the implementation of Responsible parenthood and Reproductive Health (RPRH) Law, and National Program on Population and Family Planning, (NPPFP), POPCOM knowledges the reality that “the country still needs to address sexual and reproductive health and rights (SRHR), including on gender-based violence,” the press statement said. 

“While significant strides have been made, particularly in the area of civil rights as girls acquire more education and enter the workforce, they continue to face challenges in the private sphere of their homes, where their decisions and actions are often questioned and sometimes met with coercion and violence. These are the stark inequalities that hold back women in realizing their full potential.” 

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