Monday, June 24, 2013
Population of Surigao del Sur increased at the rate of 1.12 percent annually
Based on the 2010 Census of Population and Housing (CPH), the province of Surigao del Sur posted a total population of 561,219 persons as of May 1, 2010. This is larger by 59,411 persons compared to its total population of 501,808 persons counted in the 2000 CPH. The increase in the population count from 2000 to 2010 translated to an average annual population growth rate (PGR) of 1.12 percent. This is higher than the 1.05 percent annual PGR of the province between the census years 1990 and 2000.
If the average annual PGR recorded at 1.12 percent during the period 2000 to 2010 continues, the population of Surigao del Sur would double in 62 years.
Fifty years ago, the population of Surigao del Sur was only 165,016 persons. This population size is less than one third of the population of the province in the 2010 CPH.
City of Bislig was the most populous
Among the two cities and 17 municipalities comprising the Surigao del Sur, the City of Bislig was the most populous with a population size making up 17.2 percent of the total provincial population. The City of Tandag, the provincial capital, was second with 9.3 percent share, followed by the municipalities of Barobo with 7.8 percent, Hinatuan with 6.9 percent, San Miguel with 6.5 percent, Tagbina with 6.2 percent, and Tago with 6.1 percent. The rest of municipalities contributed less than 6.0 percent each.
The least populated area was the municipality of Bayabas with 1.4 percent share to the total population of the province. It was also the least populated area in 2000.
Sex ratio was 106 males per 100 females
Of the 560,140 household population in 2010, males accounted for 51.4 percent while females comprised 48.6 percent. These figures resulted in a sex ratio of 106 males for every 100 females. The sex ratio recoded in 2000 was 104 males per 100 females.
Median age increased to 21.8 years
In 2010, the median age of the population of the province was 21.8 years, which means that half of the population was younger than 21.8 years. This is higher than the median age of 18.7 years that was recorded in 2000.
Moreover, 35.5 percent of the household population were under 15 years old. Children aged 10 to 14 years (12.2 percent) comprised the largest age group, followed by those in the age groups 5 to 9 years (11.8 percent) and 0 to 4 years (11.6 percent). Males outnumbered females in the age groups 0 to 59 years. On the other hand, there were more females than males in the older age groups (60 years and over).
About 60.0 percent of the population were of voting age
The voting-age population (18 years and over) accounted for 57.4 percent of the household population of the province in 2010, up from 51.8 percent in 2000. There were more males (51.3 percent) than females (48.7 percent) among the voting-age population.
Dependency ratio decreased to 68 dependents per 100 persons in the working age group
In 2010, the young dependents (0 to 14 years) comprised 35.5 percent of the household population while the old dependents (65 years and over) posted a share of 4.9 percent. The working-age population (15 to 64 years) accounted for the remaining 59.6 percent.
The overall dependency ratio was 68, which indicates that for every 100 working-age population, there were about 68 dependents (60 young dependents and eight old dependents). This ratio is lower than the dependency ratio in 2000, which was recorded at 82 dependents per 100 working-age population (75 young dependents and seven old dependents).
There were more males than females among the never-married persons
Of the household population 10 years old and over, 44.2 percent were never married while 43.4 percent were married. The rest of the populations were categorized as follows: in common-law/live-in marital arrangement (6.9 percent), widowed (4.5 percent), and divorced/separated (1.0 percent).
Among the never-married persons, 56.0 percent were males while 44.0 percent were females. For the rest of the categories for marital status, the females outnumbered the males.
More females had attained higher levels of education
Of the household population aged five years and over, 43.2 percent had attended or completed elementary education, 32.0 percent had reached or finished high school, 8.0 percent were college undergraduates, and 7.4 percent were academic degree holders. Among those with an academic degree, the females (58.5 percent) outnumbered the males (41.5 percent). Similarly, more females (67.6 percent) than males (32.4 percent) had pursued post baccalaureate courses.
Persons with disability comprised 1.4 percent of the population in the province
In 2010, around 7,700 persons or 1.4 percent of the 560,140 household population had a disability. This proportion of persons with disability (PWD) is similar to the proportion in 2000, which was 1.4 percent of the 501,135 household population of the province during that year. The number of PWD for the same year was around 7,000.
More females than males among those with functional difficulty
Of the 495,161 household population five years and over, 3.1 percent (or 15,254 persons) had at least one type of functional difficulty either in seeing, hearing, walking or climbing steps, remembering or concentrating, self-caring (bathing or dressing), or communicating. There were more females (50.3 percent) than males (49.7 percent) among those persons with at least one type of functional difficulty.
Moreover, of the total 15,254 persons aged five years and over with at least one type of functional difficulty, 63.8 percent reported difficulty in seeing, even if wearing eyeglasses. There were 25.9 percent who had difficulty in walking or climbing steps; 22.1 percent had difficulty in hearing, even if using a hearing aid; 16.4 percent had difficulty in remembering or concentrating; 12.1 percent had difficulty in communicating; and 10.0 percent had difficulty in self-caring (bathing or dressing).
Male overseas workers outnumbered their female counterparts
Of the 429,131 household population 10 years old and over in Surigao del Sur, 0.9 percent (or 3,673 persons) were overseas workers. Male overseas workers outnumbered their female counterparts as they comprised 55.9 percent of all the overseas workers from this province. Overseas workers aged 25 to 29 years made up the largest age group, comprising 21.4 percent of the total overseas workers from this province in 2010, followed by the age groups 45 years and over (20.0 percent), 30 to 34 years (19.8 percent), and 35 to 39 years (15.6 percent).
Average household size was 4.9 persons
The number of households in 2010 was recorded at 114,969, higher by 20,941 households compared with the 94,028 households posted in 2000. The average household size in 2010 was 4.9 persons, lower than the average household size of 5.3 persons in 2000.
There were 101 households per 100 occupied housing units
A total of 113,804 occupied housing units were recorded in the province of Surigao del Sur in 2010. This translates to a ratio of 101 households for every 100 occupied housing units, with 4.9 persons per occupied housing unit. In 2000, there were 102 households per 100 occupied housing units, and 5.4 persons per occupied housing unit.
Occupied housing units with outer walls and roofs made of light materials decreased
In 2010, 65.2 percent of the occupied housing units in the province had outer walls made of wood, lower than the proportion of 70.1 percent recorded in 2000. The proportion of occupied housing units with outer walls made of concrete/brick/stone increased from 7.4 percent in 2000 to 14.5 percent in 2010. Meanwhile, 51.1 percent of the occupied housing units in 2010 had roofs made of cogon/nipa/anahaw, lower than the proportion of 54.4 percent recorded in 2000. The proportion of occupied housing units with roofs made of galvanized iron/aluminum increased from 34.6 percent in 2000 to 44.4 percent in 2010.
Half of the households lived in lots that they owned or amortized
In 2010, of the total 114,969 households, about 49.9 percent were owned or amortized the lots that they occupied. The corresponding figure in 2000 was 47.5 percent.
Moreover, 30.9 percent of the households occupied lots which were rent-free but with consent of the owner, 14.5 percent rented the lots that they occupied while 2.2 percent occupied lots which were rent-free but without consent of the owner.
(Sgd) CARMELITA N. ERICTA