Social media card posted at the official Facebook account of PSA MIMAROPA on the conduct of the Regional Data Dissemination Forum: Results of the 2020 Census of Population and Housing. Regional Directors Agustin C. Mendoza of NEDA MIMAROPA (left) and Reynaldo O. Wong of POPDEV MIMAROPA (right) were the events’ keynote speaker and reactor.
27 July 2021 – Calapan City. The Philippine Statistics Authority (PSA) MIMAROPA conducted of the Regional Data Dissemination Forum on the Results of the 2020 Census of Population and Housing (2020 CPH) held on 27 July 2021 at 1:00 p.m. through Zoom Meeting platform and was broadcasted live at the official Facebook account of PSA MIMAROPA (https://www.facebook.com/rssomimaropa).
Participants in this on-line forum were regional line agencies, provincial local government units, higher education institutions, and selected members from the local media.
The keynote speech of Regional Director Agustin C. Mendoza of the National Economic and Development Authority Regional Office MIMAROPA highlighted the use of census data in the updating of the development and physical framework plan of the region and its provinces that is vital in achieving demographic dividend. “With the increase in the population of the region, there is a need to accelerate human capital development by investing on health, education, social protection, infrastructure, environmental protection among others,” RD Mendoza emphasized.
RD Leni R. Rioflorido of PSA MIMAROPA presented the report on the Official 2020 Population Counts of MIMAROPA based from the 2020 CPH. It was showed that the region recorded a total population of 3,228,558 as of 12:01 a.m. on 1 May 2020, which was 2.96 percent of the Philippine population in 2020. Consequently, the region registered a 1.82 percent annual population growth rate which was faster than the national annual population growth rate of 1.63 percent. With a total land area of 29,606.25 square kilometers, the region was regarded as sparsely populated with its population density of the region has only reached 109 persons per square kilometer, compared to the national density of 363 persons per square kilometer.
Among provinces in the region, RD Rioflorido narrated that Palawan (excluding the City of Puerto Princesa) got the highest population count of 939,594 as of 1 May 2020. This was followed by Oriental Mindoro (908,339), Occidental Mindoro (525,354), and Romblon (308,985). Marinduque, on the other hand, had the smallest population in MIMAROPA with 239,207 people. Meanwhile, the City of Puerto Princesa, being the lone highly urbanized city in the region had the population count of 307,079.
Regional Director (RD) Leni R. Rioflorido extended her sincere gratitude to all officials of the Census Coordinating Boards at the regional, provincial, and city/municipal levels, and all barangay officials and citizens for their full support to the successful implementation of the 2020 Census of Population and Housing (2020 CPH) amidst the COVID-19 pandemic.
Meanwhile, RD Reynaldo O. Wong of the Commission on Population and Development (POPDEV) MIMAROPA and the reactor in the on-line forum, pointed out the faster growth rate that has been experiencing by the region. “There is a need to double the efforts on family planning campaign to attain a better demographic scenario for the region,” RD Wong added.
The dissemination of statistical data generated from the 2020 CPH serves as its culminating phase after several months of preparation and implementation of its various plans and programs. Population statistics is useful both to the government and private sectors in their decision-making process and formulation of various programs and projects for the people. Census data also play an increasingly significant role in the information needs of researchers, both local and abroad.
(SGD) LENI R. RIOFLORIDO
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