Eight metro-Tagb towns earn
high population growth rates
CORTES, BOHOL, November 1 (PIA)—Eight of the twelve towns in Bohol with the highest average annual growth rates are in the metro-Tagbilaran City cluster, the recent 2015 Census on Population bare.
The towns of Dauis, which had a population of 26,415 in May 2000, grew 3.65% to 45,663 in August 2015, making it the biggest annual average population growth rate (AAPGR) in Bohol, according to the Philippine Statistics Authority (PSA).
The PSA, aided by over 90,000 census enumerators, 23,000 team supervisors and 5,000 area supervisors, conducted personal interviews to residents in the country’s 42,036 barangays from August 1 to September 2015.
Dauis is barely three kilometers by land distance from Tagbilaran City and sits in the northern end of Panglao island just across Tagbilaran City strait.
Aside from Dauis, following close by is the resort town of Panglao which had a population of 21,337 in 2000 and grew to 33,553 in August, earning 3.01% AAPGR.
Panglao town sits along with Dauis in Panglao Island and is about 15 kilometers away south of Tagbilaran.
Next to Dauis and Panglao is Corella, a town located 8 kilometers north east of Tagbilaran City.
In 2000, Corella had a population of 6,048, which jumped to 8,479 in August 2015. This earned the town an AAPGR of 2.24%.
After Corella, comes Baclayon, about 11 kilometers east of Tagbilaran.
Baclayon used to have 14,996 in 2000, which ballooned to 20,591 in 2015, growing by 2.10% AAPGR.
Tagbilaran City, Bohol’s capital city had 77,700 in 2000. This grew to 105,051 in August of 2015, earning an AAPGR of 2.00%.
From Tagbilaran, next town registering a high AAPGR is Cortes which had 12,702 on 2000 expanding to 16,954 in 2015 making a 1.91 AAPGR.
Cortes is 10 kilometers north of Tagbilaran.
Finally, seventh in the list is Maribojoc, around 14 kilometers north of Tagbilaran.
Having 16,786 in 2000, Maribojoc’s population bloated to 20,688 in August last year marking a 1.38 AAPGR.
Alburquerque, 18 kilometers east of Tagbilaran, had a population of 8,715 in 2000 and grew to 10,540 in August of 2015, nailing an AAPGR of 1.25.
Meanwhile, also attaining high AAPGR in Bohol are: Trinidad at 1.44, Talibon at 1.40, Ubay at 1.38 and Bien Unido at 1.33.
The towns of Trinidad, Talibon, Ubay and Bien Undo also form a densely populated cluster of towns northeast of Tagbilaran.
At this, PSA through Provincial Statistician Jessamyne Anne Alcazaren stressed that with the data available, local planners looking at the social service development will have a better idea where to locate additional basic services and welfare facilities.
PAG-IBIG HDMF marketing officer Leonardo Cirujales also saw the data as crucial in determining where they can help fund socialized housing projects especially within the metro Tagbilaran cluster.
October is the 27th Statistics Month and adopts the theme Sustainable development: Making Statistics Count. (rac/PIA-7/Bohol)