Highlights of the Philippine Population 2015 Census of Population

Reference Number: 

2016-058

Release Date: 

Thursday, May 19, 2016

 

  • The population of the Philippines as of August 1, 2015 was 100,981,437, based on the 2015 Census of Population (POPCEN 2015).

  • The 2015 population is higher by 8.64 million compared with the population of 92.34 million in 2010, and by 24.47 million compared with the population of 76.51 million in 2000. Refer to Table 1.

Table 1. Population of the Philippines
(Based on the 2000, 2010, and 2015 Censuses)
 
Census Year Census Reference Date

Population
(in millions)

2000 May 1, 2000 76.51
2010 May 1, 2010 92.34
2015 August 1, 2015 100.98

 

  • The Philippine population increased by 1.72 percent annually, on average, during the period 2010 to 2015. By comparison, the rate at which the country’s population grew during the period 2000 to 2010 was higher at 1.90 percent. See Table 2.
Table 2. Annual Population Growth Rate of the Philippines
(Based on the 2000, 2010, and 2015 Censuses)
 
Reference Period Annual Population Growth Rate (in percent)
2010-2015 1.72
2000-2010 1.90

 

  • Of the country’s 18 administrative regions, Region IV-A (CALABARZON) had the biggest population in 2015 with 14.41 million, followed by the National Capital Region (NCR) with 12.88 million, and Region III (Central Luzon) with 11.22 million. The combined population of these three regions accounted for about 38.1 percent of the Philippine population in 2015.

  • The Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao (ARMM) was the fastest growing region with an average annual population growth rate (PGR) of 2.89 percent.

  • The country has 81 provinces. Of these provinces, Cavite was the most populous in 2015 with 3.68 million persons, followed by Bulacan (3.29 million), and Laguna (3.04 million). Twenty-four other provinces surpassed the one million population mark. Refer to Table 3.

  • Batanes was the smallest province in terms of population size with 17,246 persons. Two other provinces posted a population size of less than 100,000. These are Siquijor (95,984) and Camiguin (88,478).

Table 3. Provinces With More Than One Million Population: 2015

Rank Province

Population

(in thousands)

  Rank Province

Population

(in thousands)

1 Cavite 3,678   15 Isabela 1,594
2 Bulacan 3,292   16 Bukidnon 1,415
3 Laguna 3,035   17 Cotabato (North Cotabato) 1,380
4 Pangasinan 2,957   18 Tarlac 1,366
5 Cebu* 2,939   19 Negros Oriental 1,355
6 Rizal 2,884   20 Albay 1,315
7 Batangas 2,694   21 Bohol 1,314
8 Negros Occidental* 2,497   22 Cagayan 1,199
9 Pampanga* 2,198   23 Maguindanao 1,174
10 Nueva Ecija 2,151   24 Lanao del Sur 1,045
11 Camarines Sur 1,953   25 Davao del Norte 1,016
12 Iloilo* 1,936   26 Zamboanga del Norte 1,011
13 Quezon* 1,857   27 Zamboanga del Sur* 1,011
14 Leyte* 1,752        

                           * Excluding the population of highly urbanized cities.

  • The Philippines has 33 highly urbanized cities (HUCs). Four of these HUCS had surpassed the one million population mark, namely, Quezon City (2.94 million), City of Manila (1.78 million), Davao City (1.63 million), and Caloocan City (1.58 million). 

  • The country has 1,489 municipalities. The three largest municipalities in terms of population size are all located in the province of Rizal. These are the municipalities of Rodriquez (Montalban) with 369,222 persons, Cainta (332,128), and Taytay (319,104). Fifteen other municipalities had a population size of more than 150,000. See Table 4.

  • The municipality of Kalayaan in Palawan was the smallest municipality in 2015, in terms of population size, with 184 persons.

Table 4. Municipalities With More Than 150,000 Population: 2015

Rank Municipality Province Population
1 Rodriguez (Montalban) Rizal 369,222
2 Cainta Rizal 332,128
3 Taytay Rizal 319,104
4 Binangonan Rizal 282,474
5 Santa Maria Bulacan 256,454
6 San Mateo Rizal 252,527
7 Silang Cavite 248,085
8 Tanza Cavite 226,188
9 Marilao Bulacan 221,965
10 Santo Tomas Batangas 179,844
11 Lubao Pampanga 160,838
12 Gen. Mariano Alvarez Cavite 155,143
13 Mexico Pampanga 154,624
14 Pikit Cotabato (North Cotabato) 154,441
15 Concepcion Tarlac 154,188
16 San Miguel Bulacan 153,882
17 Polomolok South Cotabato 152,589
18 Midsayap Cotabato (North Cotabato) 151,684

 

  • There are 42,036 barangays in the country. The largest barangay in terms of population size is Barangay 176 in Caloocan City with 247 thousand persons. It was followed by Commonwealth in Quezon City (198,285) and Batasan Hills in Quezon City (161,409). Twelve other barangays posted a population size of more than a hundred thousand persons. See Table 5.

Table 5. Barangays with More Than 100,000 Population: 2015

Rank Barangay City/Municipality/Province Population
1 Barangay 176 Caloocan City 246,515
2 Commonwealth Quezon City 198,285
3 Batasan Hills Quezon City 161,409
4 Pinagbuhatan City of Pasig 151,979
5 Payatas Quezon City 130,333
6 San Jose Rodriguez (Montalban), Rizal 124,868
7 San Isidro Rodriguez (Montalban), Rizal 117,277
8 Poblacion City of Muntinlupa 115,387
9 Cupang City of Antipolo, Rizal 113,613
10 Holy Spirit Quezon City 110,447
11 Barangay 178 Caloocan City 107,596
12 Muzon City of San Jose del Monte, Bulacan 106,603
13 San Juan Taytay, Rizal 103,343
14 Pasong Tamo Quezon City 103,100
15 San Jose (Pob.) City of Antipolo, Rizal 103,051

 

  • The POPCEN 2015 was undertaken by the Philippine Statistics Authority in August 2015 pursuant to Republic Act No. 10625, also known as the Philippine Statistical Act of 2013 and Executive Order No. 352 – Designation of Statistical Activities That Will Generate Critical Data for Decision-Making of the Government and the Private Sector, which stipulates the conduct of a mid-decade census primarily to update the population count in all barangays nationwide. 
  • Information on the count of the population were collected with 12:01 a.m. of August 1, 2015 as the census reference time and date.
  • His Excellency President Benigno S. Aquino III declared as official for all purposes the population counts by province, city/municipality, and barangay, based on the POPCEN 2015 under Proclamation No. 1269 dated 13 May 2016.  The population counts were based on census questionnaires accomplished by about 90,000 enumerators deployed during the nationwide census taking. 
  • The successful completion of the census-taking was made possible with the support of the local and national officials, government agencies, local government units, media, private agencies, and non-government organizations.

 

LISA GRACE S. BERSALES, Ph.D
National Statistician
 
 
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