Iloilo launches 1st provincial population website

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Iloilo launches 1st provincial population website

DATA TROVE. Iloilo Gov. Arthur Defensor Jr. browses the Iloilo Pop Website during its launch on November 23, 2022.

Nereo C. Lujan

The website serves as a repository of population-related data and information of Iloilo's 42 municipalities and one component city

ILOILO, Philippines – Local government units, public and private agencies, academics, students and community planners in Iloilo now have a provincial population website to aid development planning, policy formulation, and program operations.

The Western Visayas province opened the country’s first province-based population website on November 23.

Iloilo Governor Arthur Defensor Jr. called the launch of the Iloilo Pop Website at Casa Real Grand Social Hall “a milestone in e-governance” and a giant step in his administration’s digital transformation initiative.

The website serves as a repository of population-related data and information of the 42 municipalities and one component city in Iloilo.

Provincial Population Office chief Ramon Yee said the website is consistent with the province’s vision of making data provision services more accessible to the public.

“From the data gathered by our Barangay Service Point Officers…to the world. Data naton ang istorya naton (Our data is our story) – the Iloilo Pop Website,” Yee added.

The provincial government partnered with the Iloilo State College of Fisheries (ISCOF) College of Information, Communication and Technology for the development of the website.

The project was funded by the cash prize received by the province for being the Most Outstanding Population Office in the Country during the Kaunlarang Pantao Award in 2019.

Defensor said that having a repository of population data is an important aspect of investment.

In allowing a closer look at the province’s human resources, Iloilo would become more attractive to investors, he added.

Commission on Population and Development (POPCOM) VI Assistant Regional Director Jonathan Dioteles lauded the province’s initiative in data banking and management.

“PPO Iloilo is on the right track of putting data and information in the digital platform for better storage, access ,and utilization of demographics for informed decisions and better development planning,” he said.

He also cited Iloilo’s “many firsts,” including the establishment of the first Multi-Purpose Counseling and Family Planning Development Center and first Comprehensive Population Data Banking and Management Project, and being the province with the most number of teen centers in the whole Philippines.

“Data nowadays are the important resources in every development initiative,” Dioteles said. –

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