NEGROS ORIENTAL (PIA) — Negros Oriental population is now at 1.3M as of August 1, 2015 based on the 2015 Census of Population (POPCEN 2015) conducted by the Philippine Statistics Authority (PSA).
PSA-Negros Oriental Head Engr. Ariel Fortuito reported this at a provincial forum on the PopCen 2015 results organized by the agency and was held recently at Bethel Guest House, Dumaguete City.
Engr. Fortuito disclosed the total population in the province is 1,354, 995 that showed an increase from the 1,286,666 population count in May 2010.
The PSA also noted .99 % of population growth rate for the period of 2010 to 2015.
This is slightly lower compared to the growth rate recorded from 2000 to 2010 which is pegged at 1.31percent.
The province’s capital Dumaguete City is still the most populous area in Negros Oriental with a population of 131, 377. It also has a registered population growth rate of 1.60 percent.
It is followed by Bayawan City with 117, 900; Guihulngan City with 95, 969; Tanjay City with 80,532 and Mabinay with 78, 864.
The municipality of San Jose is the least populated area in Negros Oriental with the population count of 20,413.
Meanwhile, the population count in other cities and municipalities in the province are 46, 303 for Ayungon, 42, 332 for Manjuyod, 39, 819 for Bindoy, 38, 602 for La Libertad, 38, 259 for Vallhermoso, 37,596 for Pamplona, 36, 527 for Bacong, 35, 470 for Tayasan, 34, 852 for Valencia, 30, 945 for Jimamalud, 27, 786 for Dauin, 27, 552 for Zambanguita, 26, 566 for Basay and 23, 624 for Amlan.
In terms of legislative districts, the 2nd Legislative District of Negros Oriental has the highest population count with 508,152 followed by the 3rd district with 424, 635 and first district 422, 208.
The data presented by the PSA official during the forum did not state specific points like the number of men and women and other demographic information but it is expected to be released in another forum.
The event was attended by representatives of different local government units, provincial government, Department of Education, Department of the Interior and Local Government, Department of Health and the Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas (BSP) – Dumaguete City Branch.
Two local chief executives in Negros Oriental also participated in the forum. They are Mayor Felix Sy of Manjuyod and Mayor Valente Yap of Bindoy.
BSP-Dumaguete City Branch Senior Research Specialist Gregorio Baccay III was the keynote speaker of the forum.
Baccay shared his insights on the importance of PopCen data in the government planning and policy formulation.
“Population statistics is very critical to local, regional and national development both in the private and public sectors. A reliable census as presented earlier, is important for a country to adequately plan growth, deliver services and solve the country’s problems as its fundamental purpose is to provide facts essential to government,” Baccay said.
He added, in Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas for instance, most of its monetary policies are anchored on demographic variables resulting from population census.
The BSP official cited one complete example is the use of population growth rate which is used as basis in making money.
“As we project the amount of currency in circulation that has to be printed and minted, the population growth rate is a requisite to ensure that we have printed banknotes or minted coins enough to balance the economy’s needs,” he said.
Baccay explained that printing more will trigger inflationary growth while printing less will also harm the economy.
Baccay lauded the PSA for presenting the reliable population statistics in Negros Oriental. (mbcn/ral/PIA7-Negros Oriental/This article was originally published at PIA website on Oct. 13, 2016)