The population of the Philippines as of August 1, 2015 was 100,981,437, based on the 2015 Census of Population (POPCEN 2015).
The 2015 population is higher by 8.64 million compared with the population of 92.34 million in 2010, and by 24.47 million compared with the population of 76.51 million in 2000. Refer to Table 1.
|Census Year||Census Reference Date||
|2000||May 1, 2000||76.51|
|2010||May 1, 2010||92.34|
|2015||August 1, 2015||100.98|
- The Philippine population increased by 1.72 percent annually, on average, during the period 2010 to 2015. By comparison, the rate at which the country’s population grew during the period 2000 to 2010 was higher at 1.90 percent. See Table 2.
|Reference Period||Annual Population Growth Rate (in percent)|
Of the country’s 18 administrative regions, Region IV-A (CALABARZON) had the biggest population in 2015 with 14.41 million, followed by the National Capital Region (NCR) with 12.88 million, and Region III (Central Luzon) with 11.22 million. The combined population of these three regions accounted for about 38.1 percent of the Philippine population in 2015.
The Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao (ARMM) was the fastest growing region with an average annual population growth rate (PGR) of 2.89 percent.
The country has 81 provinces. Of these provinces, Cavite was the most populous in 2015 with 3.68 million persons, followed by Bulacan (3.29 million), and Laguna (3.04 million). Twenty-four other provinces surpassed the one million population mark. Refer to Table 3.
Batanes was the smallest province in terms of population size with 17,246 persons. Two other provinces posted a population size of less than 100,000. These are Siquijor (95,984) and Camiguin (88,478).
Table 3. Provinces With More Than One Million Population: 2015
|3||Laguna||3,035||17||Cotabato (North Cotabato)||1,380|
|10||Nueva Ecija||2,151||24||Lanao del Sur||1,045|
|11||Camarines Sur||1,953||25||Davao del Norte||1,016|
|12||Iloilo*||1,936||26||Zamboanga del Norte||1,011|
|13||Quezon*||1,857||27||Zamboanga del Sur*||1,011|
* Excluding the population of highly urbanized cities.
The Philippines has 33 highly urbanized cities (HUCs). Four of these HUCS had surpassed the one million population mark, namely, Quezon City (2.94 million), City of Manila (1.78 million), Davao City (1.63 million), and Caloocan City (1.58 million).
The country has 1,489 municipalities. The three largest municipalities in terms of population size are all located in the province of Rizal. These are the municipalities of Rodriquez (Montalban) with 369,222 persons, Cainta (332,128), and Taytay (319,104). Fifteen other municipalities had a population size of more than 150,000. See Table 4.
The municipality of Kalayaan in Palawan was the smallest municipality in 2015, in terms of population size, with 184 persons.
Table 4. Municipalities With More Than 150,000 Population: 2015
|12||Gen. Mariano Alvarez||Cavite||155,143|
|14||Pikit||Cotabato (North Cotabato)||154,441|
|18||Midsayap||Cotabato (North Cotabato)||151,684|
- There are 42,036 barangays in the country. The largest barangay in terms of population size is Barangay 176 in Caloocan City with 247 thousand persons. It was followed by Commonwealth in Quezon City (198,285) and Batasan Hills in Quezon City (161,409). Twelve other barangays posted a population size of more than a hundred thousand persons. See Table 5.
Table 5. Barangays with More Than 100,000 Population: 2015
|1||Barangay 176||Caloocan City||246,515|
|3||Batasan Hills||Quezon City||161,409|
|4||Pinagbuhatan||City of Pasig||151,979|
|6||San Jose||Rodriguez (Montalban), Rizal||124,868|
|7||San Isidro||Rodriguez (Montalban), Rizal||117,277|
|8||Poblacion||City of Muntinlupa||115,387|
|9||Cupang||City of Antipolo, Rizal||113,613|
|10||Holy Spirit||Quezon City||110,447|
|11||Barangay 178||Caloocan City||107,596|
|12||Muzon||City of San Jose del Monte, Bulacan||106,603|
|13||San Juan||Taytay, Rizal||103,343|
|14||Pasong Tamo||Quezon City||103,100|
|15||San Jose (Pob.)||City of Antipolo, Rizal||103,051|
- The POPCEN 2015 was undertaken by the Philippine Statistics Authority in August 2015 pursuant to Republic Act No. 10625, also known as the Philippine Statistical Act of 2013 and Executive Order No. 352 – Designation of Statistical Activities That Will Generate Critical Data for Decision-Making of the Government and the Private Sector, which stipulates the conduct of a mid-decade census primarily to update the population count in all barangays nationwide.
- Information on the count of the population were collected with 12:01 a.m. of August 1, 2015 as the census reference time and date.
- His Excellency President Benigno S. Aquino III declared as official for all purposes the population counts by province, city/municipality, and barangay, based on the POPCEN 2015 under Proclamation No. 1269 dated 13 May 2016. The population counts were based on census questionnaires accomplished by about 90,000 enumerators deployed during the nationwide census taking.
- The successful completion of the census-taking was made possible with the support of the local and national officials, government agencies, local government units, media, private agencies, and non-government organizations.