The Philippine population is expected to balloon to 142 million by 2045, the Philippine Statistics Authority (PSA) said, with growth in 10 regions forecast to be faster than the national average.
In a statement on Tuesday, the PSA said its projection signified about 49 million people being added to the country’s population from 2010 to 2045, with an average annual growth at 1.21 percent.
As of May 2010, the country’s population was estimated at 92.34 million.
Over the 35-year period, the Autonomous Region for Muslim Mindanao (ARMM) is projected to have the highest average annual growth rate of 2.12 percent.
Caraga at 1.72 percent was ranked second, with Soccsksargen, the Davao Region and the Zamboanga Peninsula following with 1.47 percent, 1.41 percent and 1.37 percent, respectively.
Areas in Luzon also expected to post high population growth rates are the Cordillera Administrative Region (CAR) with 1.35 percent, Calabarzon with 1.31 percent, Mimaropa with 1.58 percent and Bicol with 1.65 percent.
Eastern Visayas, meanwhile, is projected to grow by an annual average of 1.53 percent.
The Calabarzon population is expected to be the largest in 2045 at 20.1 million, followed by the National Capital Region (Metro Manila) and Central Luzon with 14.5 million each.
Western Visayas and Central Visayas will surpass the 10-million mark, with 10.4 million each in 2045. The CAR will continue to have the smallest population with 2.6 million in year 2045.
“This report presents some of the highlights of the 2010 census-based regional population projections prepared by the Philippine Statistics Authority in collaboration with the Inter-Agency Working Group on Population Projections headed by Dr. Mercedes Concepcion with members representing the Commission on Population, Department of Education, Department of Health, National Economic and Development Authority, Philippine Statistical Research and Training Institute and the University of the Philippines Population Institute,” National Statistician Lisa Grace Bersales said.