CagVal's population expected to reach 5.2M this year

TUGUEGARAO CITY, Cagayan, Jan. 6 (PIA) - - The Cagayan Valley region's population is projected to reach up to 5.2 million by the end of 2021, posting a 51 percent increase as compared to 3.4 million count in the 2015 Census of Population.

Of the five provinces, Nueva Vizcaya posted the highest percentage increase at 60.08 percent from a population count of 452,287 in 2015 to 724,036 by December 2021, followed by the Isabela with 1.5 million in 2015 to 2.1 million in 2021 posting a 52 percent increase and contributing at least 45 percent of the region's overall population by December 2021.

In the statement of Commission on Population and Development (PopCom) region 2, Nueva Vizcaya registered the highest increase owing to its high population growth rate of 1.29 from 2015-2020 to 1.08 from 2015-2021. Its population is projected to increase by 271,749 with a percentage share of 15 percent of the total population of Region 2.

Regional Director Herita O. Macarubbo discusses population management programs for region 2 in one of her media interviews. (by PopCom)

Meanwhile, the Quirino province is second among the provinces with population growth rate below one percent which is estimated to increase to 250,999 by December 2021 or accounting to at least 5 percent of the region’s total population while Batanes has the lowest percentage increase in population size at 6.16 percent in 2020. 

Based on several census results, Batanes maintained its spot as the province with the lowest population growth rate with only an estimated 0.71 percent in December 2020 and is projected to decline to 0.591 percent in 2021. Its contribution to the region’s total projected population by December 2021 is only one percent.

With the COVID-19 pandemic, POPCOM Regional Director Herita O. Macarubbo calls for a more wholistic approach in delivering basic social and health services especially to the marginalized groups and the most vulnerable sector of the population.

“We cannot just sit and watch our fellow Filipinos suffer from the impacts of this pandemic. We cannot afford to see women having unplanned pregnancies or lose another young girl’s dream because of teenage pregnancy. As public servants, we should shift our focus from aiming to increase the population for the sake of Internal revenue Allotment or vote counts to reducing unplanned births and empowering every member of the community so they can provide for their own,” Macarubbo said.  

She added that the commission has been working with the local government units and other population program key stakeholders to reduce the impacts of unplanned pregnancies, unmet need for modern family planning, and teenage pregnancies, among others. (MDCT/OTB/PIA-Cagayan with reports from Diana Rose Maltizo)

Source: Philippines Information Agency (

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