21 July 2021 – Tuguegarao City, Cagayan. The Philippine Statistics Authority Regional Statistical Services Office II (PSA-RSSO II) announced the total population of Cagayan Valley Region, as of 01 May 2020, through a Regional Data Dissemination Forum on Population Counts conducted on 21 July 2021 via simultaneous face to face and online platforms.
In her opening message, PSA RSSO II Regional Director Marilyn T. Estrada emphasized the importance of accurate and timely population counts as basic and crucial input for the development of plans and programs of public and private sectors. She added that despite the COVID-19 situation in the country, the Philippines still pushed through with its census taking because the government recognized the need to update the counts in order to have a better recovery strategy during the pandemic.
RD Estrada reported that the population of Region II – Cagayan Valley, as of 01 May 2020 is 3,685,744 based on the 2020 CPH. This accounted for about 3.38 percent of the Philippine population in 2020. She also informed that the 2020 population of the region is higher by 234,334 from the population of 3.45 million in 2015 and 456,581 more than the 3.23 million population in 2010. The 2020 population of the region increased by 1.39 percent annually from 2015 to 2020 faster compared with the 1.27 percent population growth rate from 2010 to 2015.
Among the five provinces, Isabela recorded the biggest population count in 2020 with 1,697,050 followed by Cagayan, Nueva Vizcaya and Quirino with 1,268,603, 497,432, 203,828 respectively, while Batanes recorded the smallest population with 18,831 persons.
National Economic Development Authority Region 02 Office (NEDA RO2) Regional Director Dionisio C. Ledres Jr. discussed the policy implications on the updated population counts to regional development. He shared that uncontrolled population growth poses a challenge to the government because it will lead to scarcity in resources, thus slowing down economic growth and eventually magnifying employment problem.
Also, Herita O. Macarubbo, Regional Director of Commission on Population Development Region 02 discussed the importance of updated population counts to management and maintenance of population level resources and the environment highlighting its effect to planning, advocacy and social mobilization in the Philippine Population and Development Program (PPDP).
Moreover, Dr. Emmanuel James P. Patagguan, Vice President for Academics of University of Saint Louis Tuguegarao, explained the importance of updated population counts in research. He said that academic institutions can contribute to policy development through the conduct of research and development initiatives which should be part of any educational institution.
In his closing remarks, Chief Statistical Specialist Engr. Girme M. Bayucan, expressed his gratitude to everyone most specially to the partner agencies for the success of 2020 CPH. “While we endeavor to continually serve the public through our products and services, we hope for steadfast partnership and perdure collaboration to promote a unified purpose to create an economic boom environment and resilient community for all Cagayanos”, Engr. Bayucan said.
The activity was attended by a total of 118 virtual and face-to-face participants from 5 broadcast and media agencies, 30 regional line agencies (RLAs), 5 academic institutions, and 3 private sectors.