Population increased to 120,813
Dinagat Islands was created on December 2, 2006 under Republic Act No. 9355. The municipalities composing the province were taken from Surigao del Norte. The population of the newly created province was 120,813 persons as of August 1, 2007 based on the 2007 Census of Population (POPCEN 2007). This figure was higher by 13,862 persons over the population count of 106,951 persons in 2000. The recent population count for the province translated to an annual growth rate of 1.69 percent for the period 2000 to 2007, higher than the 1.33 percent annual growth rate registered for the period 1995 to 2000.
Basilisa (Rizal) was the most populated municipality
Among the seven municipalities in Dinagat Islands, Basilisa (Rizal), was the most populous with a population of 31,363 persons or 26.0 percent of the provincial total population. This municipality was followed by San Jose, the provincial capital (23.5 percent), Libjo (Albor) (15.0 percent), and Cagdianao (11.7 percent). The municipality of Tubajon (6.5 percent) had the least share.
Average household size slightly decreased
The number of households posted an increase of 3,638 from 20,564 in 2000 to 24,202 in 2007. Household population, likewise increased from 106,897 in 2000 to 120,800 in 2007. The average household size in 2007 was 5.0 persons, which was slightly lower than the average household size of 5.2 persons in 2000.
Proportion of males and females were almost equal
Of the 120,800 household population of Dinagat Islands, the proportion of males (50.5 percent) was almost the same as the proportion of females (49.5 percent) with a sex ratio of 102 males for every 100 females. The same sex ratio was recorded in 2000.
Half of the population of Dinagat Islands were below 22 years old
In 2007, the household population of Dinagat Islands had a median age of 22 years, which implies that half of the household population were below 22 years old. The median age of 20 years in 2000 was two years younger than the median age in 2007.
Voting-age population at 59.6 percent
More than half (59.6 percent) of the household population of Dinagat Islands were in the voting age group (18 years old and over). The distribution of voting-age population by sex were almost the same with males having a share of 50.3 percent and females, 49.7 percent.
Overall dependency ratio dropped
The proportion of household population in the working age group (15-64 years) was 60.8 percent, young dependents (0-14 years), 33.2 percent and old dependents (65 years and over), 6.0 percent.
The overall dependency ratio in 2007 was 64, which implies that for every 100 persons in the working age group, there were about 64 dependents (54 young dependents and 10 old dependents). In 2000, there were about 76 dependents (67 young dependents and 9 old dependents) for every 100 persons in the working age group.
Single persons comprised more of males than females
Almost half (46.8 percent) of the household population 10 years old and over in 2007 were single while 45.2 percent were married. The marital status of the rest of the population was either widowed, divorced/separated, common law/live-in, or unknown. Among single persons, there were more males (53.3 percent) than females (46.7 percent). Females dominated the males in the rest of the categories for marital status.
In 2000, the proportion of married persons was 46.1 percent, while the proportion of single persons was 44.8 percent of the total household population 10 years old and over.
More females pursued higher levels of education
Of the household population 5 years old and over, 45.6 percent had attended or finished elementary education, 34.9 percent had reached high school, and 4.9 percent had attended or completed college. Proportion of academic degree holders was 4.1 percent, which indicate an increase of 2.6 percentage points from its corresponding proportion of 1.5 percent -in 2000.
More females pursued higher levels of education than males. Majority of those with academic degree (61.7 percent) and post baccalaureate degree (60.9 percent) were females.
For the household population 5 to 24 years old, majority (65.6 percent) attended school at anytime during the School Year 2007 to 2008. Of the total females aged 5 to 24 years, 66.2 percent attended school at anytime during the School Year 2007 to 2008, while attendance for males was 65.0 percent of the total males aged 5 to 24 years old.
Number of occupied housing units increased
From a total of 20,186 occupied housing units in 2000, the number of occupied housing units reached 23,516 in 2007, showing an increase of 16.5 percentage points. The average number of occupants for every 100 occupied housing units was 103 households, higher than the ratio of 102 households for every 100 occupied housing units in 2000. However, in terms of number of persons per occupied housing unit, the ratio of 5.1 persons per occupied housing unit in 2007 was lower than the ratio of 5.3 persons per occupied housing unit in 2000.
Proportion of occupied housing units made of light materials decreased
More than half (54.8 percent) of the occupied housing units had outer walls made of wood and 15.3 percent were made of concrete/brick/stone. On the other hand, the proportion of occupied housing units with outer walls made of makeshift/salvaged/improvised was 0.4 percent.
About three out of five (61.4 percent) of the occupied housing units in 2007 had roofs made of galvanized iron/aluminum. The proportion of occupied housing units with roof made of cogon/nipa/anahaw was 33.3 percent, a drop of 15.5 percentage points from the 48.8 percent registered in 2000.
|(Sgd.) CARMELITA N. ERICTA
Source: Household Statistics Department
National Statistics Office