BAGUIO CITY (PIA) -- The Cordillera Administrative Region (CAR) logged a slow population growth rate from 2015 until 2020 with 0.92percent.
Based on the Commission on Population and Development-CAR (PopCom-CAR) data, Tabuk City is now growing at a faster rate with 1.86%, overtaking Baguio City with 1.26% population growth rate. Mountain Province has the lowest at 0.49.
Meanwhile, live births among adolescents increased by 46.43%. He cited the province of Benguet with decreased teenage pregnancy below 100 in the past years but in 2020, it increased by almost three folds.
"This is another concern na maaaring nakadagdag dun sa ating number ng mga ipinanganak na bata ng 2020, hindi lang sila mga batang ipinanganak, they are actually mga batang ipinanganak sa mga batang magulang. Isang malaking concern po 'yun," POPCOM-CAR Information Officer Job David Manalang said.
He added that household size is also decreasing while the population density is increasing.
"Kahit na continuous na lumalaki, kahit na mabagal 'yung population growth natin, lumiliit naman 'yung household size. We say, pakaunti nang pakaunti 'yung laki ng mga pamilyang nakatira sa iisang bahay. From almost five years from 1995 to 2000, pagdating natin ng 2015, hindi na siya lumalagpas sa four and a half people in a household," Manalang explained.
The National Economic and Development Authority (NEDA), as the mother agency of PopCom, assured to provide needed policy support for the successful implementation of population management programs.
According to NEDA-CAR Supervising Economic Specialist Freda Toyoken, human is a resource and the end goal of development.
"Huwag nating tignan ang tao na pabigat or additional population as pabigat kundi it's a resource, human resource. That's the perspective that we need to have. What's important is to balance kung nasaan 'yung resource na 'yun at tsaka kung saan siya kailangan."
In 2013, Cordillera was no. 1 in terms of teenage pregnancy concerns according to the Young Adult Fertility and Sexuality Survey. Four years later, through the concerted effort of concerned government agencies and offices, the region is last for adolescent and live births or at 3.5% based on the 2017 National Demographic Survey. (JDP/DEG-PIA CAR)