2015 Census: PH population at 100.98 million

Jodesz Gavilan
2015 Census: PH population at 100.98 million
Region IV-A, the National Capital Region, and Region III are still the 3 most populous regions in the country

MANILA, Philippines – The population of the Philippines grew to over 100 million in 2015, according to the latest Census of Population (POPCEN 2015).

As of August 2015, the number of Filipinos hit 100,981,437. The latest figure is 8.64 million or 9.36% higher than in 2010 when the population of 92,337,852 was recorded.

YEAR POPULATION
2015 100,981,437
2010 92,337,852
2007 88,548,366
2000 76,506,928

The Philippine population has grown by 24,474,509 over the past 15 years.

Biggest population in CARAGA

Just like in 2010, Regions IV-A, III, and the National Capital Region (NCR) are still the 3 most populous regions. The combined population of 3 regions accounted for 38.1% of the 2015 Philippine population.

REGION POPULATION
REGION IV-A (CALABARZON) 14,414,774
NATIONAL CAPITAL REGION (NCR) 12,877,253
REGION III (CENTRAL LUZON) 11,218,177
REGION VII (CENTRAL VISAYAS) 6,041,903
REGION V (BICOL REGION) 5,796,989
REGION I (ILOCOS REGION) 5,026,128
REGION XI (DAVAO REGION) 4,893,318
REGION X (NORTHERN MINDANAO) 4,689,302
REGION XII (SOCCSKSARGEN) 4,545,276
REGION VI (WESTERN VISAYAS) 4,477,247
REGION VIII (EASTERN VISAYAS) 4,440,150
NEGROS ISLAND REGION (NIR)
4,414,131
AUTONOMOUS REGION IN MUSLIM MINDANAO (ARMM) 3,781,387
REGION IX (ZAMBOANGA PENINSULA) 3,629,783
REGION II (CAGAYAN VALLEY) 3,451,410
REGION IV-B (MIMAROPA) 2,963,360
REGION XIII (Caraga) 2,596,709
CORDILLERA ADMINISTRATIVE REGION (CAR) 1,722,006

Region IV-A (CALABARZON) registered the biggest population in 2015 with 14,414,774 among the 18 administrative regions. NCR placed second with 12,877,253, followed by Region III (Central Luzon) with 11,218,177.

The Cordillera Administrative Region (CAR), with 1,722,006, was the least populous region in 2015.

Most populous province: Cavite

Of the country’s 81 provinces, the most populous in 2015 was Cavite with a population of  3,678,301– higher than 2010’s 3,090,691, and bigger than the population in 4 regions: Region IX (Zamboanga Peninsula), Region II (Cagayan Valley), Region XIII (CARAGA), and the Cordillera Administrative Region (CARAGA).

[Click to show/hide the full list of population per province in 2015]

PROVINCE POPULATION
CAVITE 3,678,301
BULACAN 3,292,071
LAGUNA 3,035,081
PANGASINAN 2,956,726
CEBU (excluding the cities of CEBU, LAPU-LAPU, and MANDAUE) 2,938,982
RIZAL 2,884,227
BATANGAS 2,694,335
NEGROS OCCIDENTAL (excluding BACOLOD CITY) 2 2,497,261
PAMPANGA (excluding ANGELES CITY) 2,198,110
NUEVA ECIJA 2,151,461
CAMARINES SUR 1,952,544
ILOILO (excluding ILOILO CITY) 1,936,423
QUEZON (excluding LUCENA CITY) 1,856,582
LEYTE (excluding TACLOBAN CITY) 1,724,679
ISABELA 1,593,566
BUKIDNON 1,415,226
COTABATO (NORTH COTABATO) 1,379,747
TARLAC 1,366,027
NEGROS ORIENTAL  1,354,995
ALBAY 1,314,826
BOHOL 1,313,560
CAGAYAN 1,199,320
MAGUINDANAO (excluding COTABATO CITY) 1,173,933
LANAO DEL SUR 1,045,429
DAVAO DEL NORTE 1,016,332
ZAMBOANGA DEL NORTE 1,011,393
ZAMBOANGA DEL SUR (excluding ZAMBOANGA CITY) 1,010,674
CEBU CITY 922,611
SOUTH COTABATO (excluding GENERAL SANTOS CITY) 915,289
MASBATE 892,393
MISAMIS ORIENTAL (excluding CAGAYAN DE ORO CITY) 888,509
PALAWAN (excluding PUERTO PRINCESA CITY) 849,469
ORIENTAL MINDORO 844,059
SULU 824,731
SULTAN KUDARAT 812,095
SORSOGON 792,949
LA UNION 786,653
SAMAR (WESTERN SAMAR) 780,481
CAPIZ 761,384
BATAAN 760,650
COMPOSTELA VALLEY 736,107
AGUSAN DEL SUR 700,653
ILOCOS SUR 689,668
LANAO DEL NORTE (excluding ILIGAN CITY) 676,395
ZAMBOANGA SIBUGAY 633,129
DAVAO DEL SUR (excluding DAVAO CITY) 632,588
NORTHERN SAMAR 632,379
MISAMIS OCCIDENTAL 602,126
GENERAL SANTOS CITY (DADIANGAS) 594,446
ILOCOS NORTE 593,081
SURIGAO DEL SUR 592,250
ZAMBALES (excluding OLONGAPO CITY) 590,848
CAMARINES NORTE 583,313
ANTIQUE 582,012
AKLAN 574,823
DAVAO ORIENTAL 558,958
SARANGANI 544,261
OCCIDENTAL MINDORO 487,414
SURIGAO DEL NORTE 485,088
EASTERN SAMAR 467,160
NUEVA VIZCAYA 452,287
BENGUET (excluding BAGUIO CITY) 446,224
SOUTHERN LEYTE 421,750
TAWI-TAWI 390,715
AGUSAN DEL NORTE (excluding BUTUAN CITY) 354,503
BASILAN (excluding CITY OF ISABELA) 346,579
DAVAO OCCIDENTAL 316,342
ROMBLON 292,781
CATANDUANES 260,964
ABRA 241,160
MARINDUQUE 234,521
AURORA 214,336
KALINGA 212,680
IFUGAO 202,802
QUIRINO 188,991
GUIMARAS 174,613
BILIRAN 171,612
MOUNTAIN PROVINCE 154,590
DINAGAT ISLANDS 127,152
APAYAO 119,184
SIQUIJOR 95,984
CAMIGUIN 88,478
BATANES 17,246

Three provinces posted populations of less than 100,000: Siquijor (95,984), Camiguin  (88,478), and Batanes (17,246).

The population of 21 other provinces, meanwhile, surpassed the one million mark. The figures for the provinces, however, exclude the population of 33 highly-urbanized cities (HUCs).

Of all the HUCs, 4 surpassed the one million population mark: Quezon City (2,936,116), City of Manila (1,780,148, Davao City (1,632,991), and Caloocan City (1,583,978).

Slower growth rate?

The Philippine Statistics Authority (PSA) estimated that the country’s population increased by an average of 1.72% annually from 2010 to 2015.

This is slightly lower than the average annual population growth rate (PGR) of 1.90%  between 2000 and 2010. The annual population growth rate from 1990 to 2000 was 2.34%.

The Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao (ARMM) had an average annual PGR of 2.89% – higher than the national average.

Pursuant to Republic Act No. 10625 and Executive Order No. 352, POPCEN is tasked to “generate critical data for decision-making” of both the government and the private sector.  

POPCEN 2015, conducted in August 2015, was the 14th census of population undertaken in the Philippines. According to the 2015 General Appropriations Act (GAA), around P2.13 billion of the total budget allotted to PSA was alloted to the 2015 Census. (READ: FAST FACTS: 2015 census of population)

The very first official census was conducted in 1903 when the Philippines had a population of only 7,635,426. – Rappler.com 

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Jodesz Gavilan

Jodesz Gavilan is a writer and researcher for Rappler and its investigative arm, Newsbreak. She covers human rights and also hosts the weekly podcast Newsbreak: Beyond the Stories. She joined Rappler in 2014 after obtaining her journalism degree from the University of the Philippines.