Bukidnon 2013 population projected at 1.38 million

Bukidnon News.Net official logoMALAYBALAY CITY (Bukidnon News.Net/30 December) Bukidnon’s population is projected to be 1,380,367 in 2013 based on projections by the Regional Statistical Coordination Committee (RSCC) adjusted on the official 2010 census, according to the Regional Development Council-10 Macro and Development Administration Committee.

The actual published population of the province in 2010 based on the 2010 census is 1,299,192 or a difference of 81,175 from the projection in 2013. In 2012, it was projected to be at 1.352 million.

Bukidnon has the highest population among northern Mindanao provinces followed by Misamis Oriental with 813,856.

The RDC in Resolution No. 33 series of 2012 adopted the 2010-based interim population projection for Region 10 by province/highly urbanized cities and municipalities for 2011 to 2016.

The adoption is deemed necessary, according to the RDC, “with the change in the behavioral trend of the region’s population projected to be 4.567 million in 2013.

The RDC resolved further that all government agencies and local government units in the region be enjoined to use the 2010-based interim population projection only for “administrative and development planning purposes.”

According to the projection, Valencia City with a population of 181,556 in 2010, is projected to have a population of 192,820 in 2013.

After Cagayan de Oro (602,088) and Iligan City (322,821) , Valencia City is Northern Mindanao’s third largest urbanized area followed by neighboring Malaybalay City with 153,085 in the 2010 census.

Ozamis City came in fifth with 131,526 and Gingoog City with 117,908 is sixth in the latest census.

Three other Bukidnon towns are in the 10 highest populated urbanized areas in the region namely; Quezon (94,584), Manolo Fortich (91,026); and Maramag (90,901.

The capital of Misamis Occidental, Oroquieta City, with population of 68,945 in 2010, is tenth.

Based on the 2010 census, among the provinces, Cavite had the largest population with 3.09 million. Bulacan had the second largest with 2.92 million followed by Pangasinan with 2.78 million.

Six other provinces surpassed the two million mark: Laguna (2.67 million); Cebu, excluding its three highly urbanized cities Cebu City, Lapu-Lapu City, and Mandaue City (2.62 million); Rizal (2.48 million); Negros Occidental, excluding Bacolod City (2.40 million); Batangas (2.38 million) and Pampanga, excluding Angeles City (2.01 million).

The provinces with a population of less than 100,000 persons were Batanes (16,604), Camiguin (83,807), and Siquijor (91,066).

A copy of the resolution was distributed to the Provincial Development Council earlier this month. Copies were also furnished to the National Statistical Coordinating Board, National Statistics Office, all government agencies and local government units in the region “for their information, guidance, and appropriate action.” (Walter I. Balane/Bukidnon News.Net)