Romblon: Population Expected to Double in 41 Years

Reference Number: 

2002-119

Release Date: 

Tuesday, September 3, 2002

 

Population more than a quarter of a million

The total population of Romblon, as of May 1, 2000, was 264,357 persons. The figure was higher by 19,703 persons over the 1995 Census of Population (POPCEN) results and five times the population of the province in 1903.

Annual population growth rate was registered a 1.67 percent, higher by 0.31 percentage point than that of the 1995 figure (1.36 percent). If the current rate continues, the population of Romblon will double in 41 years.

The number of households rose to 53,731 or an increase of 3,985 households over the 1995 figure. The average household size remained at 4.91 persons.

Odiongan topped in terms of population size

The three leading municipalities of Romblon in terms of population were Odiongan (14.78 percent); Romblon, the provincial capital (13.85 percent), and San Agustin (8.19 percent). On the other hand, the municipality of Concepcion was the least populated accounting to 1.77 percent of the total population.

Males dominated the young population

There were more males (133,823) than females (130,525). This figure resulted to a sex ratio of 102.53 males for every 100 females.

More than half of the total young population (aged below 20 years) were males (51.79 percent).

One out of two persons in the voting age

There were 139,395 persons or 52.73 percent of the total population who belonged to the voting population (aged 18 years and above).

Two out of five females in childbearing age

The childbearing or reproductive age group (15 to 49 years) comprised 44.48 percent of the total female population.

Dependency ratio was 84.50

More than 50 percent of the population comprised the economically active population (15 to 64 years old). Population aged 0 to 14 years constituted 40.67 percent of the total population while those 65 years old and over made up 5.13 percent.

The overall dependency ratio in 2000 was 84.50 persons, lower than the 1995 ratio of 84.62 persons.

One-half of the population attended elementary education

Out of the total household population five years old and over, 50.41 percent had attended/finished elementary education; 26.83 percent, high school; 9.88 percent, college; 2.66 percent, post secondary studies; and 0.30 percent, post baccalaureate studies.

There was a higher percentage of females (60 percent) than males among those with post baccalaureate studies. The same is true among academic degree holders and college undergraduates (62.64 percent and 51.43 percent, respectively).

The proportion of children aged 5 to 6 years who were incoming Grade 1 (had completed pre-school education) was 2.47 percent.

Rombloanons comprised 64.82 percent of the household population

More than 60 percent of persons in Romblon classified themselves as Rombloanons while the rest were either Bantoanon (22.99 percent), Kiniray-a (8.06 percent), Tagalog (0.76 percent) or belonged to other ethnic groups (3.38 percent).

More males among single individuals

Of the total household population 10 years and over, 44.78 percent comprised the married persons; 44.45 percent, never married persons; 5.12 percent, widowed; 4.17 percent, other marital arrangements; and 0.75 percent, separated/divorced.

Among single persons, the proportion was higher for males (54.21 percent) than females (45.79 percent). In contrast, among widowed persons, the proportion for females (79.02 percent) was higher than that of the males (20.98 percent).

Combination of cogon/nipa/anahaw/ bamboo/sawali were commonly used for roof and outer walls

A high proportion of occupied housing units used a combination of cogon/nipa/ anahaw and bamboo/sawali/nipa (38.12 percent) as the materials of the roof and outer walls than any other combination, e.g. galvanized iron/ aluminum and concrete/brick/stone (21.00 percent).

The proportion of occupied housing units that were relatively new (built from 1996 to 2000) was the highest at 37.29 percent.

Of the total occupied housing units, 23.48 percent needed no repair or if needed one, with minor repair only.

 

ROMBLON

Romblon is a cluster of twenty islands lying in the Sibuyan Sea. The province is situated south of Marinduque, west of Masbate, east of Mindoro and north of Panay Island

In 1582, the Spaniards first visited the province, which was cited in Miguel de Loarca's writings as "Lomlon" or "Doblon". In 1901, Romblon was created as a province but due to insufficient income, it became a sub-province of Capiz from 1907 until 1917. On January 1, 1947 under Republic Act No. 38, it regained its provincial status.

Agriculture is the main industry in the province and major crops are rice, abaca and copra. The waters of the Sibuyan Sea provide year-round fishing opportunities. It is also known for its weaving, basketry and delicate crochet laces and bedspreads. Quarrying of marble for sculpture and construction purposes is also very popular in Romblon. Tourist attractions are the Cathedral of Saint Joseph, islets with white sand beaches and magnificent waterfalls.

 

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: Romblon, 2000

Municipalities Total Population Percent
Romblon 264,357 100.00
     Odiongan 39,069 14.78
     Romblon (Capital) 36,612 13.85
     San Agustin 21,643 8.19
     San Fernando 21,214 8.02
     Looc 19,898 7.53
     Other Municipalities 125,921 47.63

Source: NSO, 2000 Census of Population and Housing

 

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

Age Group Total Population Male Female Sex Ratio
Romblon 264,357 133,832 130,525 102.53
     Under 1 7,070 3,681 3,389 108.62
     1 to 4 28,408 14,822 13,586 109.10
     5 to 9 37,131 19,146 17,985 106.46
     10 to 14 34,903 17,949 16,954 105.87
     15 to 19 27,119 14,124 12,995 108.69
     20 to 24 19,719 10,256 9,463 108.38
     25 to 29 17,037 8,766 8,271 105.98
     30 to 34 16,363 8,343 8,020 104.03
     35 to 39 15,316 7,772 7,544 103.02
     40 to 44 13,052 6,571 6,481 101.39
     45 to 49 10,491 5,211 5,280 98.69
     50 to 54 8,753 4,183 4,570 91.53
     55 to 59 8,392 3,953 4,439 89.05
     60 to 64 7,039 3,187 3,852 82.74
     65 to 69 5,302 2,417 2,885 83.78
     70 to 74 3,832 1,637 2,195 74.58
     75 to 79 2,366 1,010 1,356 74.48
     80 & Over 2,064 804 1,260 63.81

Source: NSO, 2000 Census of Population and Housing

 

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

Highest Educational Attainment Household Population
5 Years Old & Over
Male Female
Romblon 228,605 115,132 113,473
     No Grade Completed 10,966 5,556 5,410
     Pre-School 7,689 3,992 3,697
     Elementary 115,231 59,048 56,183
     High School 61,327 30,805 30,522
     Post Secondary 6,070 3,248 2,822
     College Undergraduate 15,457 7,507 7,950
     Academic Degree Holder 7,137 2,666 4,471
     Post Baccalaureate 685 274 411
     Not Stated 4,043 2,036 2,007

Source: NSO, 2000 Census of Population and Housing

 

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

Ethnicity Both Sexes Male Female
Romblon 264,081 133,633 130,448
     Romblon/Rombloanon 171,178 86,827 84,351
     Bantoanon 60,712 30,521 30,191
     Kiniray-a 21,279 10,804 10,475
     Tagalog 2,010 1,022 988
     Others 8,005 4,022 3,983
     Not Reported 897 437 460

Source: NSO, 2000 Census of Population and Housing

 

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

Age Group Total Population
10 Yrs Old & Over
Single Married Widowed Divorced/
Separated
Others Unknown
Romblon 191,748 85,293 85,833 9,806 1,444 7,984 1,388
     Below 20 62,022 59,322 1,199 43 32 614 812
     20 – 24 19,719 13,422 4,479 38 104 1,468 208
     25 – 29 17,037 5,763 9,558 61 134 1,423 98
     30 – 34 16,363 2,455 12,369 146 172 1,163 58
     35 – 39 15,316 1,399 12,528 261 177 912 39
     40 – 44 13,052 782 10,942 436 195 668 29
     45 – 49 10,491 547 8,616 616 184 506 22
     50 – 54 8,753 403 7,010 810 142 367 21
     55 – 59 8,392 336 6,473 1,092 128 345 18
     60 – 64 7,039 294 5,082 1,368 74 204 17
     65 – 69 5,302 207 3,526 1,362 47 144 16
     70 – 74 3,832 167 2,169 1,351 32 95 18
     75 – 79 2,366 120 1,144 1,025 15 47 15
     80 & Over 2,064 76 738 1,197 8 28 17

Source: NSO, 2000 Census of Population and Housing

 

Table 6. Occupied Housing Units by Construction Materials of Outer Walls and Roof: Romblon, 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 and
Half
Concrete
Cogon/
Nipa/
Anahaw
Wood Makeshift/
Salvaged/
Improvised
Materials
Asbestos/
Others/
Not Reported
Romblon 53,278 19,776 485 1,412 29,311 401 169 1,724
     Concrete/Brick/Stone 13,650 11,191 387 328 1,595 19 8 122
     Wood 8,050 2,984 25 116 4,559 196 15 155
     Half Concrete/
      Brick/Stone
      and Half Wood
6,732 3,452 40 746 2,375 36 6 77
     Galvanized Iron/
     Aluminum
240 118 4 36 69 11 0 2
     Bamboo/Sawali/Nipa 22,857 1,859 0 169 20,311 129 49 340
     Others/Not Reported 1,749 172 29 17 402 10 91 1,028

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 11th census of population and 5th census 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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