By Jennifer Catan-Tilos
NEGROS ORIENTAL (PIA) – The province’s population growth rate increased by 0.99 percent or by 68,329 individuals in 2010 to 2015, according to the last Population Census (PopCen) of the Philippine Statistics Office (PSA).
PSA Interim Provincial Statistics Officer Engr. Ariel Fortuito said the province has reached a total population of 1,354,995 as of August 1 last year, compared to the total registered population of 1,286,666 in 2010.
However, the 0.99 percent annual population growth rate (PGR) in the province for the period 2010 to 2015 is lower by 0.39 percentage point from the 1.38 percent annual PGR noted for the period between 2000 to 2010, Fortuito disclosed.
Dumaguete City, the provincial capital, had the biggest population of 131,377 registered among the six cities in Negros Oriental.
Ranked second with 117,900 persons is Bayawan City followed by the cities of Guihulngan with 95,969, Tanjay with 80,532, and the municipality of Mabinay ranked fifth with 78,864.
The municipality of San Jose has the lowest population in the province with 20,413.
POPCEN 2015 was undertaken by the PSA in August 2015 pursuant to Republic Act No. 10625, also known as Philippine Statistical Act of 2013 and Executive Order No. 352.
The survey data results will be used for decision making of the government and private sector and update the populace count in all barangays nationwide.
Fortuito said the population counts were based on census questionnaires accomplished by about 90,000 enumerators deployed during the nationwide census-taking. (rmn/jct/PIA7-Negros Oriental/This article was originally published at PIA website on June 23, 2016)