Fast-growing population

 If you live in Metro Manila, especially in the densely populated areas like Manila and Quezon City, no doubt you would feel the tight squeeze, the difficulty in moving around and the constant struggle for personal space.

          Guess what? There's more of the same--and of the worse kind.

          That's because the Philippine population is expected to balloon to 107.19 million by the end of 2018 due to an increase in women capable of reproducing, according to the Commission on Population (POPCOM).

          At least 1.8 million Filipino babies are expected to be born this year, with 4,695 babies born every day or 206 every hour. The projections are based on the Philippine Census of Population in 2015.

          POPCOM  noted a marked increase among women of reproductive age, with around 27.71 million Filipinas aged 15 to 49 this year. The figure represents an increase of over 400,000 from last year's projection.

          These women are usually the beneficiaries of reproductive health services under the Responsible Parenthood and Reproductive Health Law.

          Women of reproductive age are expected to comprise 30.5 percent of the population this year. And with the increasing trend of pregnancies among 10 to 14-year-old girls, the number of women and girls of reproductive age would be around 33.11 million by the end of the year.

          We can also expect an increase in the country's workforce population (15 to 64 years old) by 0.16 percent to 63.88 percent, up from last year's 63.72 percent.

          The Philippines is among the most densely populated countries in the world.  On the one hand, this is good as there are more people who can directly contribute to economic growth and nation-building  as a whole.

           But on the other hand, more Filipinos mean more mouths to feed and more social services such as education and health to be delivered to the vulnerable sectors, or the poor and the underprivileged.

          What we're saying is this: we cannot have uncontrolled population growth that unduly strains government resources and perpetuates inter-generational poverty.