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Philippine population reach 109,035,343 as of May 1,2020

2020 Census of Population and Housing declared official: 109,035,343 Filipinos as of May 1,2020


MANILA – The Philippine Statistics Authority (PSA) disclosed that the 2020 Census of Population and Housing (2020 CPH) revealed the Philippines has 109,035,343 citizens as of May 1,2020. The census results were declared official by President Rodrigo Duterte according to Proclamation No. 1179 dated July 6,2021.


The Philippine population represents the total number of persons living as of 12:01 A.M. on May 1,2020 in the 17 administrative regions of the country. The same figures include Filipinos in Philippine embassies, consulates, and missions abroad.


The country’s population increased by 8,053,906 from 100,981,437 in 2015, which translates to a yearly population growth rate (PGR) of 1.63 percent.


In a statement, the PSA said by comparison, the rate at which the country’s population grew during the period 2010 to 2015 was higher at 1.72 percent.


CALABARZON or Region IV-A had the biggest population in 2020 with 16,195,042, followed by the National Capital Region with 13,484,462 and Region III or Central Luzon with 12,422,172. The combined population of these three regions accounted for nearly 38.6 percent of the Philippine population in 2020.


The least populated regions in the country were Cordillera Administrative Region (CAR) with 1,797,660, Region XIII or CARAGA with 2,804,788 and MIMAROPA, also known as Region IV-B with 3,228,558.


The region with the most notable increase in population from 2015 Census of Population (POPCEN 2015) was Region IV-A or CALABARZON with 1,780,268 persons in 2020 from its population in 2015. The fastest-growing region since the POPCEN 2015 was the Bangsamoro Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao (BARMM) with an annual PGR of 3.26 percent from 2015 to 2020. Region VIII or Eastern Visayas posted the lowest PGR of 0.50 percent.


The PSA said amid the Coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) pandemic, the PSA overcame the unimaginable challenges to collect and produce the needed data. (Melo M. Acuña)


A Census enumerator braves the heat and COVID-19 last year. (Melo M. Acuna/File Photo)

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