Updated Philippine Death Statistics (Preliminary): January 2019 to November 2020

Reference Number: 

2021-013

Release Date: 

Tuesday, January 5, 2021

Explanatory Note

Data on deaths presented in this press release updates the previous release dated 02 October 2020 and obtained from the timely and late registered deaths at the Office of the City/Municipal Registrars throughout the country and submitted to the Office of the Civil Registrar General through the Philippine Statistics Authority (PSA)-Provincial Offices (POs) for encoding. Information presented includes the deaths that occurred from January 2019 until November 2020 (cut-off date is as of 23 December 2020 on the submission of encoded data files to the PSA-Central Office from POs). Figures presented herein are still preliminary and may differ in the final counts. Deaths of Filipinos abroad are not yet included in the data, only those who died in the country but whose usual residence is abroad.

July, August register more deaths in 2020 than the previous year; other months still register fewer deaths

The preliminary number of registered deaths from January to November 2020 reached 515,056, lower than the total registered deaths of 568,552 in the same period in 2019.  While registered monthly deaths in 2020 were lower than their respective months in the previous year, July and August already recorded higher deaths at 53,919 (8.9% growth) and 55,490 (10.4% growth), respectively.  (Figure 1 and Table 1)

Figure 1. Registered Deaths in the Philippines
January 2019 to November 2020(p) (as of 23 December 2020)

Note: The 2019 death statistics is final and differs from the preliminary, as a result of further data processing and verification conducted.

 

Late registered deaths remain highest in March and April 2020

Relative to their corresponding months in 2019, the increase in late registrations, or those whose deaths were registered beyond 30 days after the occurrence, remained highest for March and April 2020 deaths.  Late registrations for March 2020 deaths, numbering at 6,275, is almost six times of the 1,067 March 2019 late registrations. Meanwhile, the April 2020 late registration of 5,732 was more than four times of the recorded 1,249 in April 2019.

In terms of share of late registered deaths since January, about 32.6 percent were March deaths while 29.8 percent were April deaths, majority of which were registered in June. (Tables 1 and 3)

Most months register higher deaths than their corresponding monthly average in the last five years

The number of registered deaths in January, February, and May to September this year already exceeded their corresponding monthly averages in the last five years. Meanwhile, registered March and April deaths remain relatively low despite catch up in registration until December. (Figure 2 and Table 2)

Figure 2. Registered Deaths in the Philippines
January to November 2020(p) (as of 23 December 2020)

Note: The 2015-2019 averages differ from previous releases as a result of revisions on the 2019 death statistics.

 

Deaths in the National Capital Region (NCR) from January to November 2020

NCR records more deaths in 2020 than in 2019

NCR registered 76,140 deaths from January to November 2020, or a 5.8 percent increase from the 71,936 deaths registered in the same period in 2019. Increases were recorded in 15 out of 17 of its cities/municipalities, with highest increase in the City of San Juan at 15.2 percent.

Meanwhile, declines in the registered deaths during the period were recorded in the City of Mandaluyong (-6.1%) and City of Navotas (-4.4%). (Figure 3 and Table 4)

Figure 3. Registered Deaths in the National Capital Region
January to November, 2019(f) & 2020(p) (as of 23 December 2020)

Note: The 2019 death statistics is final and differs from the preliminary, as a result of further data processing and verification conducted.

The same cities register the most deaths in 2019 and 2020

Quezon City registered the highest number of deaths in the NCR from January to November 2020 at 16,403 or 21.5 percent of the total registered deaths in the region. The city similarly had the highest share in 2019, with 15,848 or 22.0 percent of the total deaths during the same period. Meanwhile, the City of Manila recorded the second highest with 11,712 registered deaths (15.4%) while the City of Caloocan came in third with 9,151 (12.0%) of the total registered deaths in NCR, maintaining their respective ranks in 2019. These three cities comprised nearly half of the total registered deaths in 2019 (49.5%) and 2020 (48.9%).

On the other hand, Pateros still had the lowest number of deaths registered in NCR, with 410 deaths or 0.5 percent of the total registered deaths during the same period. (Table 4)

 

DENNIS S. MAPA, Ph.D.
Undersecretary
National Statistician and Civil Registrar General

 

Table 1.  Number of Registered Deaths by Month of Occurrence and Registration Status, Philippines: 2019(f)-2020(p) (as of 23 December2020)

Source: Philippine Statistics Authority (Data on deaths are those registered at the Office of the City/Municipal Registrars throughout the country and submitted to the Office of the Civil Registrar General, Certificate of Death- Municipal Form 103)
(p)- Preliminary
(f)- Final (The 2019 death statistics is final and differs from the preliminary, as a result of further data processing and verification conducted.)

 

Table 2.  Average Number of Deaths from 2015 to 2019 and Number of Registered Deaths by Month of Occurrence and Registration Status,
Philippines: 2020(p)(as of 23 December2020)

Source: Philippine Statistics Authority (Data on deaths are those registered at the Office of the City/Municipal Registrars throughout the country and submitted to the Office of the Civil Registrar General, Certificate of Death- Municipal Form 103)
(p)- Preliminary
Note: The 2015-2019 averages differ from previous releases as a result of revisions on the 2019 death statistics.

 

Table 3. Late registration in 2019(f) and 2020(p),by month of occurrence
and month of registration(as of 23 December 2020)

Source: Philippine Statistics Authority (Data on deaths are those registered at the Office of the City/Municipal Registrars throughout the country and submitted to the Office of the Civil Registrar General, Certificate of Death- Municipal Form 103)
(p)- Preliminary
(f)- Final (The 2019 death statistics is final and differs from the preliminary, as a result of further data processing and verification conducted.)

 

Table 4. Number of Registered Deaths in Cities of NCR:
January to October, 2019(f) and 2020(p) (as of 23 December2020)

Source: Philippine Statistics Authority (Data on deaths are those registered at the Office of the City/Municipal Registrars throughout the country and submitted to the Office of the Civil Registrar General, Certificate of Death- Municipal Form 103)
(p)- Preliminary
(f)- Final (The 2019 death statistics is final and differs from the preliminary, as a result of further data processing and verification conducted.)

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