An estimated 4,965 babies will be born daily in 2018 - or 206 infants delivered hourly - which will bring the Philippine population total to 107 million by the end of 2018, the Commission on Population said.

“Based on the above projections, the Philippine population will increase by 1.8 million by the end of 2018, growing at a rate of 1.69 percent,” POPCOM Executive Director Dr Juan Antonio Perez said.

The Philippine Statistics Office (PSO) recorded a population of 105,377,586 in the country last year.

Females in their reproductive age, 15-49, will increase by 400,000, bringing the total to 27,713,110. But due to teenage pregnancy among 10 to 14-year-olds, the number is expected to further climb to 33,114,606.

The number of girls aged 10 to 19, meanwhile, will reach 10,697,289 in 2018.

Further, there will be an increase among the 15 - 64 age group, from 63.72 percent to 63.88 percent.

“This means that there will be an increasing workforce and older persons, as well as a decreasing population under 14. This leads to fewer children being born,” according to the POPCOM statement.

With regards to the elderly population, Filipinos aged above 60 will be around 8 million, and 5 million of these will be aged 65 and older.

Earlier, the POPCOM executive said the Philippines is approaching an ‘ageing country’ status, which is achieved if seven percent of the population are aged 65 and above.

He added that the lifting of the temporary ban on contraceptives will not directly affect the population count.

Instead, its impact will be on the availability of the implants for the programme.

“The other effect will be on the procurement of pills, now deficient or out but will not happen until next year,” he said.

The 2018 POPCOM estimation is based on the geometric method used in measuring the Philippine Census of Population. MIMS