If the Philippines were a microcosm of the world, i.e., in terms of population density, the Philippines exceeded the much dreaded nine (9) billion world population equivalent way back in 1950, when the Philippine population was 21.14 million (US Census). In 1950, the Philippines ranked 21st among countries in terms of population; but, its population of 21.14 million is equivalent to a 10.6 billion world population if the earth has a human population density like the Philippines.
Fast forward to 2014, the Philippines joined a very exclusive club of countries with a population exceeding 100 million. One hundred (100) million Filipinos living in the Philippines is equivalent to a world population of 50 billion. Staggering!
What is even more significant is that the Philippines has the second highest growth rate  among the current twelve (12) countries with a population exceeding 100 million. It is almost boggling to comprehend that 200 million Filipinos living in the Philippines would be equivalent to a world with 100 billion human beings — more than ten times the much dreaded nine (9) billion world population.
- Nine (9) billion human population is the target stable human population of the world deemed to be sustainable by the United Nations (see Fig. 02)
- Nigeria has the highest growth rate among the current countries with population exceeding 100 million. A separate discussion will show that there are a number of countries with growth rates much higher than the Philippines. Ethiopia, with a population nearing 100 million, has a higher growth rate than the Philippines, however, it has a larger land area so that Ethiopia has a higher carrying capacity than the Philippines.
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