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Tuesday, October 18, 2016

Population growth has policy implications – Abanto

By Rosalita B. Manlangit

DAET, Camarines Norte, Oct. 18 (PIA) - The result of population census has policy implications in political, economic, social and ecological dimensions for sustainable development, according to Dr. Rusty Abanto, vice-president for Academic Affairs of the Camarines Norte State College (CNSC).

Abanto said during the Provincial Dissemination Forum conducted by the Philippine Statistics Authority (PSA) here recently that in terms of political dimension like in Daet which has increasing trend in population, the data will be used to prioritize programs and projects of the local government units or even of the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) and other stakeholders.

He said that population is also important when it comes to economic; investment has increased in Daet because of growing population that is why the town was adjudged as the most competitive municipalities in the country.

In Population Census 2015, Camarines Norte was the fastest growing province in the Bicol Region, because of the latest data, the investment maybe felt later, he said.

Social policies in housing, population control and other basic services also requires population counts in planning of the national government agencies and legislative branch he said.

Abanto said that in ecological dimension, we also consider not only the needs of the present generation but also the future generation  because population growth  increases pressure in the use natural resources  like the forest land which are converted into residential, commercial and other uses.

During the forum, the PSA announced that Camarines Norte was the fastest growing province in the region with an average annual population rate (PGR) of 1.38 percent during the period 2010-2015 according to the latest POPCEN 2015.

Camarines Norte was followed by Camarines Sur -1.32%, Sorsogon 1.30%, Masbate – 1.28%, Albay 1.22% and Albay 1.22% while Catanduanes posted the lowest PGR of 1.11%.

The province of Camarines Norte has population counts of 583,313 of the   100.9 million in the country.

The other topics discussed during the forum were background of the 2015 Census of Population, 2015 population counts, population density and population counts by legislative district. (MAL/RBM-PIA5/Camarines Norte)

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