Back to 2008 Press Releases Index Number: 2008 - 30
Date Released: April 16, 2008
  Total Population by Region, Province, City, Municipality and Barangay:  
National Capital Region (NCR)  
Cordillera Administrative Region (CAR)  
Region I - Ilocos  
Region II - Cagayan Valley  
Region III - Central Luzon  
Region IVA - Calabarzon  
Region IVB - Mimaropa  
Region V - Bicol  
Region VI - Western Visayas  
Region VII - Central Visayas  
Region VIII - Eastern Visayas  
Region IX - Zamboanga Peninsula  
Region X - Northern Mindanao  
Region XI - Davao  
Region XII - Soccsksargen  
Region XVI - Caraga  
Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao (ARMM)
Population and Annual Growth Rates by Region: Population Censuses 1995, 2000, and 2007
Population and Annual Growth Rates by Region, Province and Highly Urbanized City: Population Censuses 1995, 2000, and 2007

Index of Demographic Statistics

Official population count reveals...

88.57 million Filipinos in 2007

Final results of the latest Census of Population (POPCEN 2007) conducted by the National Statistics Office (NSO) placed the Philippine population at 88,574,614 persons as of August 1, 2007. Said results down to barangay level were made official with the signing by President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo of Proclamation No. 1489 on April 16, 2008.

The total population of the Philippines in 2000 (based on the 2000 Census of Population and Housing) was 76.50 million while it was recorded at 68.62 million in 1995 (based on the 1995 Mid-Decade Census).

    Census Year         Census Reference Date          Philippine Population (in millions)    
2007 August 1, 2007 88.57
2000 May 1, 2000 76.50
1995 September 1, 1995 68.62

Lowest population growth rate recorded since the 1960s

The 2007 and 2000 census figures translated into an average annual population growth rate of 2.04 percent for the period 2000 to 2007. As shown below, it was the lowest annual population growth rate recorded for the Philippines since the 1960s

    Reference Period          Average Annual Population Growth Rate for the Philippines    
(in percent)
2000-2007 2.04
1990-2000 2.34
1980-1990 2.35
1970-1980 2.75
1960-1970 3.01

The projected average annual population growth rate for the period 2005 to 2010 was 1.95 percent. This projection was based on the 2000 Census of Population and Housing.

Calabarzon, NCR, and Central Luzon comprise more than one-third of total population

By region, Calabarzon (Region IV-A) had the largest population with 11.74 million, followed by the National Capital Region (NCR) with 11.55 million, and Central Luzon (Region III) with 9.72 million. The combined population of these three regions comprised more than one-third (37.3 percent) of the Philippine population.

Twelve regions have growth rates lower than the national figure

Twelve of the country's 17 administrative regions have growth rates lower than the national figure. The other five regions had higher growth rates, namely, NCR (2.11%), Region III (2.36%), Region IV-A (3.21%), Region XII (2.41%), and ARMM (5.46%).

Cavite's 2.86 million population tops other provinces

Among provinces, Cavite had the largest population with 2.86 million. Bulacan was second with 2.83 million, and Pangasinan came in third, with 2.65 million.

Five other provinces surpassed the two million mark: Laguna (2.47 million persons); Cebu, excluding its three highly urbanized cities - Cebu City, Lapu-lapu City, and Mandaue City (2.44 million persons); Negros Occidental, excluding Bacolod City (2.37 million persons); Rizal (2.28 million persons); and Batangas (2.25 million persons)

On the other hand, three provinces reportedly had less than 100 thousand population, namely, Batanes (16 thousand persons); Camiguin (81 thousand persons); and Siquijor (88 thousand persons).

Four highly urbanized cities (HUCs) record more than one million population

Of the 32 highly urbanized cities (HUCs), only four had qualified for the Millionaires� Club. Three of such HUCs were in the NCR: Quezon City (2.68 million), Manila (1.66 million), and Caloocan City (1.38 million). The other HUC which qualified for the Millionaires� Club was Davao City with a population of 1.36 million.

About 40,000 fieldworkers were deployed by the NSO during the nationwide census taking last year. The population counts proclaimed by the President as official for all purposes were based on census questionnaires from the different barangays all over the country. These questionnaires were processed in Regional Data Processing Centers adopting a new technology which involved digital imaging and intelligent character recognition. The Census was conducted pursuant to Batas Pambansa Blg. 72 and Commonwealth Act 591.

Final counts by barangay are available at the NSO website - . Regional volumes in print and electronic copies (CD-ROM) can be obtained at the Databank and Information Services Division of the NSO.


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