28.8 C
Philippines
Tuesday, June 18, 2024

10:32 PM

28.8 C
Philippines
Tuesday, June 18, 2024

10:32 PM

Normin population reaches 5-million mark

CAGAYAN DE ORO CITY (PIA)–Northern Mindanao population reached the 5-million mark, Philippine Statistics Authority (PSA)-10 Office-in-Charge Janith C. Aves reported during the Regional Dissemination Forum held virtually, July 26.

Results of the 2020 Census of Population and Housing showed that the total population of northern Mindanao as of May 2020 reached 5,022,768. This accounts for about 4.61 percent of the 109,035,343 Philippine population in 2020.

Aves also shared that the population in 2020 is 333,466 higher than its population of 4.69 million in 2015; 725,445 higher than its population of 4.30 million in 2010; and 1,517,060 higher than its population of 3.51 million in 2000.

“By province, Bukidnon had the largest population having 1,541,308, followed by Misamis Oriental at 956,900, 722,902 for Lanao del Norte and Misamis Occidental posting 617,333 in number. Camiguin had the smallest population with only 92,808 persons. The two highly urbanized cities of Region X, Cagayan de Oro and Iligan Cities, posted a population of 728,402 and 363,115, respectively,” Aves added.

Regional Director Mylah Faye Aurora B. Carino of National Economic and Development Authority (NEDA)-10, who is also the chair of Regional Census Coordinating Board, commended PSA-10 for completing another round of Census of Population and Housing. She shared that this is the 15th Census of Population and 7th Census of Housing since the first census was conducted in 1903.

“We note that in the past three censal periods, the annual population growth rate continues to decelerate. This may be due to the growing preference of Filipinos, particularly career-oriented young couples to delay or forgo marriage and have few more children. Further, more Filipinos in the region now use contraceptives resulting in the decline of the total fertility rate from 3.6% in 2013 to 2.7% in 2017,” she said.

However, Cariño also stressed the impact of COVID-19 pandemic may have slightly changed the demographic trends. She said the population continues to move towards Cagayan de Oro, its peripheries and other major urban centers.

“Among provinces and highly urbanized cities, Cagayan de Oro City recorded the highest population density at 1,765 persons per square kilometer,” she said. Cariño further explained that this makes Metro Cagayan de Oro as one of the fastest urbanizing areas in the country.

Therefore, the region will usher metropolitanization of its urban and urbanizing areas by massive infra development to create sustainable and livable cities. The region already has a masterplan for Sustainable Urban Infra Development for Metro Cagayan de Oro that serves as a blueprint to propel development of urban growth centers in the said metro area.

Cariño also underscored that population growth is neither good nor bad for any region or city. Even with the demographic changes, the important thing to note is that the region is able to provide better services and equal opportunities, and an enabling environment to increase human capital, create decent employment and achieve life-long learning.

She also called all decision-makers and concerned stakeholders to use the 2020 Census of Population and Housing results in crafting evidence-based policies and sound interventions for all Filipinos in the region.

For his part, Commission on Population (POPCOM)-10 Director Neil Aldrin G. Omega said, “Now, we are assured that our programs and projects can be designed and developed based on updated and reliable information on population.”

Omega also addressed one of the concerns raised during the forum regarding Family Planning services amidst the pandemic saying that even if hospitals focused their attention to COVID-19 concern, families should not forget and should not disrupt the availment of Family Planning services because these are always available in local government units and barangay health stations.

He also shared that their office is conducting Family Planning outreach programs, especially for areas that have poor access to these services. (IJBD/PIA-10)