8 billionth baby

A BABY girl named Vinice was designated as the Philippines’ symbolic 8 billionth person in the world after she was born at the Dr. Jose Fabella Memorial Hospital in Manila past midnight Tuesday. The United Nations had said the global population was projected to reach 8 billion by Nov. 15, a ‘milestone’ as population growth […]

Steady growth in PHL working age population could be a boon or bane, says POPCOM  

A STEADY growth in the Philippine’s working-age population as indicated in latest government data could either be a boon or bane for the country, according to the Commission on Population and Development (POPCOM).    “The high fertility levels of the last two decades were projected to create a bulge of young people entering the workforce up […]

Central Visayas 4th in number of unvaxxed persons in PH

CENTRAL Visayas ranked fourth among the 17 regions in the Philippines with the highest number of unvaccinated individuals eligible for coronavirus disease (Covid-19) vaccination as of Dec. 1, 2021. Data from the national Vaccines Operations Reporting System (VORS) relayed by the Visayas Vaccination Operations Center (VVOC) on Thursday, Dec. 2, showed that Region 7 has […]

Pandemic reverses TB testing gains, Bicol‌ and ‌Apayao‌ ‌are exceptions  

THERE WAS a 57% gap between estimated and notified cases of tuberculosis (TB) in the Philippines in 2020 as TB-related health services were disrupted due to the coronavirus diseases 2019 (COVID-19) pandemic and reversed the gains of previous decades, according to the National Tuberculosis Program’s (NTP) 2021 report.   The exceptions are Bicol and the Province of Apayao, whose NTP units […]

Only 16.2% of PH population fully vaccinated against Covid-19

TWENTY-ONE months into the coronavirus disease (Covid-19) pandemic, widespread vaccination has become the holy grail for a world looking to exit economically crippling lockdowns that have been used thus far to curb the spread of Covid-19. Some 227.8 million people have been infected with Sars-CoV-2, the virus that causes Covid-19, as of Sept. 17, 2021 […]

2020 census results beginning to reflect RH promotion effort

THE REPRODUCTIVE health (RH)program helped reduce unplanned pregnancies, judging from the results of the latest census, National Economic and Development Authority Secretary Karl Kendrick T. Chua said. “Right now what I can see from the initial data is there is progress in our reproductive health program: total fertility rate is falling, more women are more […]

PHL migrant population growth among world’s top 5 in past 20 years — UN

THE GROWTH in the Philippines’ migrant population was the fifth-largest between 2000 and 2020, behind India, Syria, Venezuela and China, according to a study conducted by the United Nations (UN). “Between 2000 and 2020, the size of the migrant population abroad grew for nearly all countries and areas of the world. India experienced the largest […]