Five Persons in Every Household in Sorsogon

Reference Number: 

2002-013

Release Date: 

Friday, September 6, 2002

 

Population growth rate at 2.04 percent

As of May 1, 2000, the total population of Sorsogon, was 650,535 persons. The figure was higher by 58,608 persons over the 1995 Census of Population (POPCEN) results.

Annual population growth rate was registered at 2.04 percent, lower by 0.31 percentage point than the 1995 figure (2.35 percent). If the current rate continues, the population of Sorsogon is expected to reach one million in 27 years and to double in 34 years.

The number of households rose to 125,191 or an increase of 11,694 households over the 1995 figure. The average household size was recorded at 5.19 persons.

Sorsogon, the provincial capital, was the largest in terms of population size

Among the sixteen municipalities, Sorsogon, the provincial capital, had the largest population share (14.22 percent). The municipalities of Bulan (12.71 percent), Pilar (8.90 percent), Gubat (8.10 percent) and Irosin (7.00 percent) followed. On the other hand, the municipalites of Santa Magdalena and Prieto Diaz were the least populated, each with less than three percent of the total population.

Males dominated the younger population

Sorsogon had 334,844 males, 19,153 more than the females. This figure resulted to a sex ratio of 106.07 males for every 100 females.

There were more males in the age group 0 – 59 years while more females in the 60 years and above age group.

More than half belonged to voting population

Of the total population, there were 339,026 persons or 52.11 percent who belonged to the voting population (aged 18 years and above). Of this number, 173,112 were males and 165,914 females.

Females in childbearing ages comprised 44.19 percent

More than 44 percent of the total female population comprised the childbearing or reproductive age group (15 to 49 years).

One in every two belonged to economically active population

About fifty four percent of the population comprised the economically active population (15 to 64 years old), 41.61 percent for population aged 0 to 14 years while 4.65 percent for those 65 years old and over.

The overall dependency ratio in 2000 was 86.08 persons. This meant that for every 100 economically active persons, there were 86 dependents, of which 77 were young dependents and 9 were old dependents.

One out of four attended/completed high school

Of the total household population five years old and over in Sorsogon, 52.19 percent had attended/finished elementary education and 26.38 percent, high school. Those who had achieved higher education comprised 11.81 percent.

Among those with higher education, a higher proportion of females was observed in the following categories: college undergraduates (50.58 percent); academic degree holders (60.08 percent); and post baccalaureate studies (62.24 percent).

Bikol/Bicol comprised 96.84 percent of the household population

Of the 649,411 household population of Sorsogon, 96.84 percent or 628,914 persons classified themselves as Bikol/Bicol. The rest were either Tagalog (0.38 percent), Kankanai/Kankaney/Kankanaey (0.22 percent) or belonged to other ethnic groups.

More single and married men than women

Of the total population 10 years and over, 43.32 percent comprised the never married persons; 45.64 percent, married; 4.78 percent, widowed; 4.75 percent, other marital arrangements; and 0.82 percent, separated/divorced.

Among married persons, the proportion of males (50.76 percent) was slightly higher than that of the females (49.24 percent). The same is true for the never married individuals (55.24 percent for males and 44.76 percent for females).

Majority preferred lighter materials for the roof

There were 124,485 housing units in Sorsogon which were being occupied by 125,191 households. Almost sixty-two percent of the housing units had roof made of cogon/nipa/anahaw while 32.25 percent used galvanized iron/aluminum. In terms of construction materials for outer walls, 29.03 percent had bamboo/sawali/cogon/ nipa and 28.26 percent had concrete/ brick/ stone.

More than 97 percent of the housing units were single houses while 1.33 percent were either duplex or multi-unit residential. Three out of ten occupied housing units were relatively new (built from 1996 to 2000).

About 60.85 percent of the total occupied housing units needed minor repair or no repair at all.

 

SORSOGON

Sorsogon in the Bicol Peninsula, is the southernmost province of Luzon. The province is bounded by the province of Albay and Albay Gulf on the north; Pacific Ocean on the east; Burias and Ticao Passes on the west; and Samar Sea and San Bernardino Strait on the south.

Upon settling in the town of Gibalong, the Spaniards decided to explore the inland. When they reached the small river, now known as Sorsogon Bay, they asked the name of the place to the native they met in the place. Thinking that the Spaniards were asking for the direction, the native answered "sologon" which means "trace the river by going upstream. Sologon became Sorsogon through constant use. On October 17, 1894, Sorsogon was established as a province.

Sorsogon is a major producer of abaca and said to be the producer of the best hemp in all the provinces in the Bicol Region. Coconut and rice are the other crops widely grown in the province. The province also has significant fishing industry.

Among the tourist attractions were the century-old towers or baluartes, the Bulusan Volcano, Bulusan Lake, Bulus Spring, Mapaso Spring and the Limestone Cave.

Source: Fast Facts About Philippine Provinces
               by: Conrado M. Lancion,
               (Tahanan Books, Manila)

 

 

 

(Sgd.)CARMELITA N. ERICTA
Administrator

 

 

Table 1. Total Population Distribution of Top Five Municipalities: Sorsogon, 2000

Municipalities Total Population Percent
Sorsogon 650,535 100.00
     Sorsogon 92,512 14.22
     Bulan 82,688 12.71
     Pilar 57,898 8.90
     Gubat 52,707 8.10
     Irosin 45,072 7.00
     Other Municipalities 319,223 49.07

Source: NSO, 2000 Census of Population and Housing

 

Table 2. Total Population by Age Group, Sex and Sex Ratio: Sorsogon, 2000

Age Group Total Population Male Female Sex Ratio
Sorsogon 650,535 334,844 315,691 106.07
      Under 1 18,780 9,789 8,991 108.88
     1 to 4 73,858 38,359 35,499 108.06
     5 to 9 93,791 48,573 45,218 107.42
     10 to 14 84,230 43,347 40,883 106.03
     15 to 19 64,766 34,504 30,262 114.02
     20 to 24 49,475 25,830 23,645 109.24
     25 to 29 41,607 21,593 20,014 107.89
     30 to 34 41,622 21,302 20,320 104.83
     35 to 39 37,237 19,439 17,798 109.22
     40 to 44 31,718 16,721 14,997 111.50
     45 to 49 25,704 13,249 12,455 106.37
     50 to 54 22,541 11,329 11,212 101.04
     55 to 59 19,255 9,652 9,603 100.51
     60 to 64 15,681 7,592 8,089 93.86
     65 to 69 11,286 5,440 5,846 93.06
     70 to 74 8,745 3,914 4,831 81.02
     75 to 79 5,212 2,308 2,904 79.48
     80 & Over 5,027 1,903 3,124 60.92

Source: NSO, 2000 Census of Population and Housing

 

Table 3. Household Population 5 Years Old and Over by Highest Educational Attainment and Sex: Sorsogon, 2000

Highest Educational Attainment Household Population
5 Years Old & Over
Male Female
Sorsogon 556,786 285,857 270,929
     No Grade Completed 26,478 13,770 12,708
     Pre-School 15,858 8,128 7,730
     Elementary 290,613 152,866 137,747
     High School 146,875 74,019 72,856
     Post Secondary 12,093 6,162 5,931
     College Undergraduate 39,410 19,476 19,934
     Academic Degree Holder 12,596 5,028 7,568
     Post Baccalaureate 1,666 629 1,037
     Not Stated 11,197 5,779 5,418

Source: NSO, 2000 Census of Population and Housing

 

Table 4. Household Population by Ethnicity and Sex: Sorsogon, 2000

Ethnicity Both Sexes Male Female
Sorsogon 649,411 333,998 315,413
     Bikol/Bikol 628,914 323,848 305,066
     Tagalog 2,447 1,270 1,177
     Kankanai/Kankaney/Kankanaey 1,444 744 700
     Bisaya/Binisaya 1,122 499 623
     Others 5,337 2,568 2,769
     Not Reported 10,147 5,069 5,078

Source: NSO, 2000 Census of Population and Housing

 

Table 5. Total Population 10 Years Old and Over by Age Group and Marital Status: Sorsogon, 2000

Age Group Total Population
10 Yrs Old & Over
Single Married Widowed Divorced/
Separated
Others Unknown
Sorsogon 464,106 201,036 211,822 22,168 3,806 22,032 3,242
     Below 20 148,996 140,287 4,715 246 84 1,779 1,885
     20 – 24 49,475 31,664 13,044 182 243 3,822 520
     25 – 29 41,607 13,089 24,003 199 323 3,765 228
     30 – 34 41,622 6,143 31,224 383 464 3,253 155
     35 – 39 37,237 3,300 30,214 648 532 2,450 93
     40 – 44 31,718 1,927 26,299 990 549 1,892 61
     45 – 49 25,704 1,325 21,071 1,354 434 1,476 44
     50 – 54 22,541 1,043 18,131 1,794 385 1,137 51
     55 – 59 19,255 734 14,876 2,394 307 895 49
     60 – 64 15,681 575 11,380 2,859 196 637 34
     65 – 69 11,286 344 7,649 2,760 113 393 27
     70 – 74 8,745 279 5,046 2,996 98 291 35
     75 – 79 5,212 149 2,529 2,320 45 141 28
     80 & Over 5,027 177 1,641 3,043 33 101 32

Source: NSO, 2000 Census of Population and Housing

 

Table 6. Occupied Housing Units by Construction Materials of Outer Walls and Roof: Sorsogon, 2000

CONSTRUCTION
MATERIALS OF THE
OUTER WALLS
Total
Occupied
Housing
Units
CONSTRUCTION MATERIALS OF THE ROOF
Galvanized
Iron/
Aluminum
Tile/
Concrete/
Clay Tile
Half
Galvanized,
Iron/Half
Concrete
Cogon/
Nipa/
Anahaw
Wood Makeshift/
Salvaged/
Improvised
Materials
Asbestos/
Others/Not
Reported
Sorsogon 124,485 40,145 685 3,569 77,063 945 448 1,630
     Concrete/Brick/Stone 35,181 26,334 500 586 7,641 32 11 77
     Wood 29,690 5,643 55 547 22,646 687 48 64
     Half Concrete/Brick/
        Stone and Half
        Wood
19,118 6,481 46 1,987 10,490 56 14 44
     Galvanized Iron/
        Aluminum
368 144 12 66 136 7 2 1
     Bamboo/Sawali/
        Nipa
36,136 1,048 - 327 34,452 141 74 94
     Others/Not Reported 3,992 495 72 56 1,698 22 299 1,350

Source: NSO, 2000 Census of Population and Housing

 

 

TECHNICAL NOTES

 

Average Household Size – average number of people who live in the household

Growth Rate – the rate at which the population is increasing (or decreasing) in a given year due to natural increase and net migration, expressed as a percentage of the base population

Median Age – the age at which exactly half of the population is young and half is old

Sex Ratio – the ratio of males to females in a given population expressed as the number of males per 100 females

Age-Dependency Ratio – the ratio of persons in the "dependent" ages (under 15 years and over 64 years) to those in the "economically productive" ages (15 to 64 years old) in the population

Household – a social unit consisting of a person or a group of persons who sleep in the same housing unit and have common arrangements in the preparation and consumption of food

The 2000 Census of Population and Housing (Census 2000) was undertaken by the National Statistics Office (NSO) in May 2000, as mandated by Commonwealth Act No. 591, Batas Pambansa Blg. 72 and Executive Order No. 121. It was the 11thcensus of population and 5thcensus of housing undertaken in this country since the first census in 1903. It was designed to take an inventory of the total population and housing units all over the Philippines and to collect information about their characteristics. Census day for the Census 2000 was May 1, 2000 (12:01 a.m.). Enumeration started on May 1, 2000 and lasted for about 30 days.

 






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