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The PCPD believes that development can only be sustainable if a proper balance
is maintained between the country's population and resources.
PopCom: PH Population Estimated to Reach 110.8 M in 2021

The Commission on Population projects that there will be 110.8 million Filipinos in 2021. Unplanned pregnancies, however, could still raise the number to 111.1 million as women of reproductive age could not access reproductive health services because of restrictions brought about by the Covid-19 pandemic.

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Significant Rise in Maternal Deaths and Unintended Pregnancies Feared Because of Covid-19, UNFPA and UPPI Study Shows

According to the study made by the University of the Philippines Population Institute and the UNFPA, "As the national and local health systems are overwhelmed by the necessary response to the COVID-19 patients, attention and resources for women’s health might have been diverted. Pregnant women’s utilization of facilities for ante-natal check-up and delivery is declining because of service disruption, difficulty in commuting, and their fear of contracting COVID-19. Similarly, their access to modern contraception has also been facing challenges."

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Eight Million Filipino Women Benefited from Family Planning in 2019

The Commission on Population reports a two-fold increase in the number of family planning service clients during the fifth year of implementation of the Responsible Parenthood and Reproductive Health Law: from 4 million married women of reproductive age who use modern family planning methods during the enactment of the law in 2012 to about eight million in 2019.

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Gender Snapshot: Covid-19 in the Philippines

UN Women, also known as the United Nations Entity for Gender Equality and the Empowerment of Women, reported that “women and girls in the Philippines are facing distinct challenges to their safety and wellbeing during COVID-19, such as access to healthcare services, gender-based violence and other human rights violations, and economic insecurity.”

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