Population increased to 637,366 persons
Compostela Valley registered a total population of 637,366 persons based on the results of the 2007 Census of Population, higher by 57,122 persons over the 2000 census count of 580,244 persons. This figure translated to an annual population growth rate (PGR) of 1.30 percent from 2000 to 2007, down by 1.07 percentage points from the 2.37 percent PGR during the period 1995 to 2000.
Monkayo was the most populated municipality
Among the 11 municipalities of Compostela Valley, Monkayo, was the most populous with 90,971 persons or 14.3 percent of the provincial total population. This was followed by the municipalities of Maco (11.1 percent), Compostela (11.0 percent), and Pantukan (10.9 percent). Nabunturan, the provincial capital, ranked fifth (10.6 percent), while Laak (San Vicente) (10.5 percent) was sixth in terms of population size. The rest of the municipalities had a share of less than 10.0 percent each, with the municipality of Mawab (5.4 percent) having the least share.
Average household size slightly decreased
The number of households rose to 134,942 in 2007, registering an increase of 14,176 households from the 2000 figure. Likewise, household population increased from 579,719 in 2000 to 637,163 in 2007. The average household size in 2007 was 4.7 persons, which was slightly lower than the average household size of 4.8 persons in 2000.
More males than females
Of the 637,163 household population of Compostela Valley, 52.5 percent were males and 47.5 percent were females, or a sex ratio of 110 males for every 100 females. The same sex ratio was recorded in 2000.
Half of the population of Compostela Valley were below 21 years old
In 2007, the household population of Compostela Valley had a median age of 21 years, which implies that half of the household population were below 21 years old. In 2000, the median age was 19 years, lower by two years than the median age in 2007.
By age group, the proportion of persons under 15 years old to total household population was 36.1 percent, which was almost equally distributed to age groups 0 to 4 years (12.0 percent), 5 to 9 years old (12.0 percent), and 10 to 14 years old (12.1 percent).
Males outnumbered females in all age group categories, except in age group 80 years old and over.
Voting-age population comprised 56.8 percent
More than half (56.8 percent) of the household population of Compostela Valley were in the voting age group (18 years old and over). Of the 361,603 voting-age population, 53.3 percent were males and 46.7 percent were females.
Overall dependency ratio dropped
The proportion of household population in the working age group (15 to 64 years) was 60.1 percent, young dependents (0 to 14 years) comprised 36.1 percent, while old dependents (65 years and over) accounted for 3.8 percent.
The overall dependency ratio in 2007 was 66, which implies that for every 100 persons in the working age group, there were about 66 dependents (60 young dependents and 6 old dependents). In 2000, there were about 73 dependents (68 young dependents and 5 old dependents) for every 100 persons in the working age group.
Never-married persons comprised more of males than females
The proportions of married and never-married persons to the household population 10 years old and over in 2007 were equal at 45.0 percent. About 10 percent of the population were either widowed, divorced/separated, had common law/live-in marital arrangement, or had unknown marital status. On the other hand, there were more males than females who were never-married (57.7 percent), married (50.1 percent), and divorced/separated (51.2 percent).
More females than males pursued higher levels of education
Of the household population 5 years old and over, 46.2 percent had attended or finished elementary education and 31.7 percent had reached or completed high school. The proportion of academic degree holders increased from 2.0 percent in 2000 to 4.2 percent in 2007.
There were more males than females who had attended preschool (54.7 percent), elementary (56.2 percent), and post secondary education (53.1 percent). On the other hand, there were more females than males who had attended or completed high school (50.3 percent), as well as those who were college undergraduates (52.5 percent), academic degree holders (60.1 percent), and had post baccalaureate courses (65.4 percent).
Among household population 5 to 24 years old, three out of five (59.8 percent) had attended school anytime during School Year 2007 to 2008. Of the total females aged 5 to 24 years, 62.4 percent attended school at anytime during the said school year. School attendance for males, meanwhile, was 57.4 percent of the total males aged 5 to 24 years.
Number of occupied housing units increased by 14,963
From a total of 117,752 occupied housing units in 2000, the number of occupied housing units in 2007 reached 132,715, or an increase of 12.7 percent. The average number of occupants for every 100 occupied housing units was 102 households or 4.8 persons per occupied housing unit. This was lower than the ratio of 103 households per 100 occupied housing units or 4.9 persons per occupied housing unit in 2000.
Materials for roofs and outer walls of occupied housing units improved
Most of the occupied housing units in the province had outer walls made of wood (46.4 percent). This was followed by those made of bamboo/sawali/cogon/nipa (23.3 percent) and half concrete/brick/stone and half wood (14.7 percent). Use of concrete/brick/stone as materials for the outer walls increased from 8.3 percent in 2000 to 13.1 percent in 2007.
Moreover, majority of the occupied housing units in 2007 had roof made of galvanized iron/aluminum (80.5 percent), followed by those made of cogon/nipa/anahaw (10.8 percent). There was a shift from use of lighter materials to stronger materials for the roofs as shown by the decrease of 6.2 percentage points in the use of cogon/nipa/anahaw and an increase of 11.2 percentage points in the use of galvanized iron/aluminum from 2000 to 2007.
|(Sgd.) CARMELITA N. ERICTA
Source: Household Statistics Department
National Statistics Office