The result of 2020 Census of Population and Household (2020 CPH) released by the Philippine Statistics Authority (PSA) showed a noted decrease on the population growth rate from 1.58 between 2010-2015 to 0.97 percent from 2015 to 2020 in National Capital Region.

The decrease was noted in most cities particularly in Navotas City with a negative growth rate of -0.16 percent from 0.03 percent in 2015.

Quezon City is still the most populated LGU with a total population count of 2,960,048 followed by City of Manila with 1,846,513 and Caloocan City with 1,661,584. 

In the previous population count, the municipality of Pateros recorded a negative growth rate of 0.09 but has increased to 0.45 in 2020. Other LGUs with a notable increase were San Juan, Malabon, Pasay, Pateros and Valenzuela. The latter reported an increase of up to 3.03 percent, the highest increase among all LGUs.

POPCOM-NCR Regional Director said that the decrease in population in most of the LGUs can be attributed to internal migration that has pushed many Filipinos to return to their provinces due to the pandemic brought about by COVID-19.

RD Espanol added that the decrease also showed how our family planning program in the local government units are working.

“Our target for the country is 2.1 total fertility rate or around 2 children per woman during her reproductive years. With this scenario and further promotion of use of modern contraceptives in all barangays, we could see a declining population growth rate in the next few years, “he added.

In 2020, POPCOM and its regional offices launched the Family Planning Helpline to reach those individuals who were greatly affected by the quarantine restrictions. In Metro Manila, many of those who inquired about Family Planning were referred and served in barangay health centers and some in POPCOM Family Wellness Clinic in Mandaluyong City.

POPCOM-NCR will continue to be of assistance through the FP Helpline as well as through the POPCOM Family Wellness Clinic where most permanent family planning procedures are being referred to. It will also continue to provide assistance to DOH in the distribution of FP commodities while the latter focuses on COVID-19 vaccination. ###