LEADING POPDEV. The Commission on Population and Development (POPCOM) announced on September 8, 2022 the designation of Deputy Executive Director Lolito R. Tacardon as the agency’s officer in charge-executive director (OIC-ED), following the election of Socioeconomic Planning Secretary Arsenio M. Balisacan, Ph.D as the agency’s new chairperson of its Board of Commissioners (BOC). Tacardon will be the interim POPCOM chief, as the board is actively searching for the agency’s new executive director. This follows the expiry of the coterminous tenure of former undersecretary Dr. Juan Antonio Perez III with former POPCOM BOC chair Professor Grace T. Cruz, Ph.D of the University of the Philippines-Population Institute. An advocate of population and development (POPDEV) with particular focus on migration dynamics, Tacardon holds a Master’s degree in Population Studies and was a former director of POPCOM’s Regional Office in the National Capital Region.
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The number of young Filipinos appears to be trending significantly lower in recent years, while that of the elderly has been expanding, the Commission on Population and Development (POPCOM) noted on Friday.
The agency said that the Philippine “population pyramid” is currently constricting at the bottom, which consists of Filipino children ages zero to 4; while it is increasing at the top, reflecting the part of the senior citizens as they continue to register growth and doubling in numbers in the last 20 years.
Citing a recent Philippine Statistics Authority (PSA) report (https://psa.gov.ph/content/age-and-sex-distribution-philippine-population-2020-census-population-and-housing), POPCOM derived that the percentage share of Filipino children under 5 is now down to 10.2% in 2020 from 10.8% in 2015, and 12.6% in 2000.
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The Commission on Population and Development (POPCOM) underscores the significance of every person born in a family, especially within the context of development, as the “symbolic 100 millionth Filipinos” turn eight years old on July 27, 2022.
Leading the nationwide celebration of the children’s natal day by promoting their continuous advancement and providing fundamental socioeconomic services, POPCOM considers their deliveries in local state hospitals as historic, as they marked a milestone for the Philippine population. On the said date eight years ago, when the country’s citizens were estimated to have breached 100 million, the agency selected newborns whose births signaled the rollout of essential services that need to be provided by various institutions in ensuring the wellbeing and development of each individual through their life cycle.