REGISTERED births and deaths declined 20.6% and 38.6% year on year respectively in the nine months to September, the Philippine Statistics Authority (PSA) said on Tuesday.
According to preliminary data from the Vital Statistics Report births totaled 783,199 during the period, with the Calabarzon region (Cavite, Laguna, Batangas, Rizal, Quezon) accounting for the largest share of 15.2%.
Central Luzon and the National Capital Region (NCR) followed with 12% and 11.2% shares, respectively.
Registered deaths declined to 418,027 during the period, led by Calabarzon (15.2%), Central Luzon (12.2%), and the NCR (11.8%).
In a separate statement, the statistics authority reported that Ischaemic heart diseases remained the leading cause of death during the period, with 77,173 cases (18.5% of all deaths), against 117,503 a year earlier.
Cerebrovascular diseases and neoplasms followed with a 10.3% and 10.2% shares of the total, respectively.
Deaths associated with coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19), declined further to 9,749 or 2.3% of the total, making it the 11th leading cause of death in the nine months.
A year earlier COVID-19 was the cause of death in 63,182, or 9.6% of the total. That year it was the third leading cause of death.
Metro Manila had the most number of deaths related to COVID-19 with 3,444 cases, or 24.8% of the total.
The Bangsamoro Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao reported the least number of COVID-19 deaths with 38 cases during the period.
Within the NCR, Quezon City had the most COVID-19 deaths, accounting for 19.1% of the 659 cases. This was followed by the City of Manila (16%); and Pasig (10.1%).
Deaths in which COVID-19 was not verified totaled 4,134, or 1%.
Vital Statistics data also reported that the number of registered marriages increased 13.1% in the nine months to September to 286,555. Calabarzon accounted for 14.7% of the total, followed by Central Luzon (11.9%) and Metro Manila (11.8%).
The PSA’s COVID-19 death tally was based on death certificates lodged with health officers at the local government unit level.
The Vital Statistics report was compiled from tallies generated by city or municipal Civil Registrars, consolidated by the PSA’s Provincial Statistical Offices, and then submitted to the Office of the Civil Registrar General. — Bernadette Therese M. Gadon