The Commission on Population and Development (POPCOM) expects the number of pregnancies in the Philippines not reaching 2.5 million this year despite the lockdowns caused by the coronavirus disease 2019 (Covid-19) pandemic.
In a recent interview over television, POPCOM Undersecretary Juan Antonio Perez 3rd said the UP Population Institute’s estimate that pregnancies would increase by 750,000 to 2.5 million this year was based on an assumption of a 100-percent lockdown scenario all over the country, which would have constrained the government’s delivery of family planning services to more people.
“Since about 30 percent are naka lockdown ngayon particularly dito sa NCR, Region 3, Calabarzon at ibang lugar, sa palagay namin hindi naman ganoon kataas ang magiging dagdag sa population. Baka nasa 200,000 plus (Since about 30 percent of the country are in lockdown, particularly in the National Capital Region, Region 3, Calabarzon and other areas, we presume that population growth won’t be that big. Maybe 200,000 plus),” he said.
However, Perez said that should the number of pregnancies increase to two million in 2020, this will be the highest number of pregnancies to be recorded in the country’s history. SOVEREIGNPH