Official Publication of the Philippine Information Agency Bicol Regional Office, in cooperation with the RIAC-REDIRAS - RDC Bicol

Tuesday, October 18, 2016

CamSur records highest population in PSA 2015 census

By Ana-Liza S. Macatangay

NAGA CITY, Oct. 18 (PIA) --- With 1.95M population in 2015, Camarines Sur topped the list of Bicol provinces with the biggest population recorded last year.

This is according to the data released by the Philippine Statistics Authority PSA) here during the POPCEN 2015 Provincial data dissemination forum held at the Avenue Plaza Hotel, Magsaysay here, Friday.

The province of Albay ranked second among the six provinces in the region in terms of population size with 1.31M count.  The coastal province of Masbate ranked third with 892,000 followed by Sorsogon with 793,000 and Camarines Norte with 583,000.

The island province of Catanduanes has the smallest number of population with 261,000.  The province posted the lowest population growth rate (PGR) of 1.11 percent.

Over all, Bicol region reached the 5.8 million population mark based on the 2015 Census of Population. According to the fact sheet released by PSA, this is higher by 376,578 as compared to the 2010 population of 5.4m.

PSA  Camarines Sur provincial chief Clemente Manaog said that the results of this census is an important economic tool  and are essential and timely indicators particularly for planning managers to determine the kind of programs that they are going to implement in their respective areas of jurisdictions.

The demographics are also significant in the formulation of policies and programs for the effective and efficient delivery of basic services to the constituents, especially in the allocation of resources and revenues.

The statistical data relating to the population also determines the consumer demands and supply of labor for the production of goods and services and is significantly helpful in the identification of business sites. It can also help in measuring the attainability of the millennium development goals that our country commits to achieve by 2018.

POPCEN 2015 was conducted pursuant to Republic Act No.10625 or the Statistical Act of 2013 which mandates the PSA to conduct national censuses and survey and surveys and Executive Order No. 352 which requires the conduct of mid-decade census.

The same EO also mandates the designation of statistical activities that will generate critical data for decision making of the government and the private sector. (MAL/LSM-PIA5/ Camarines Sur)

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