Census of Population

2015 Census of Population

Reference No.:  2015-061
Release Date:  July 31, 2015

August is National Census Month

...OP calls for support and cooperation for POPCEN 2015.

The nationwide conduct of the 2015 Census of Population (POPCEN 2015) begins in ten (10) days.   The Philippine Statistics Authority (PSA), pursuant to Republic Act No. 10625 (Philippine Statistical Act of 2013), is the lead agency tasked to take an inventory of the population of the entire Philippines.

About 90 thousand trained census-takers (enumerators), 23 thousand team supervisors, and five thousand census area supervisors will augment the PSA personnel in the gigantic task of taking a complete count of all persons throughout the country, either as members of a household or as residents of an institutional living quarter.

Earlier, President Benigno S. Aquino III issued Proclamation No. 1031 calling on the citizenry “to support and cooperate in the POPCEN 2015 by providing complete and correct information to census enumerators.”  The said proclamation also enjoins “all departments, other government agencies, including government-owned or -controlled corporations, as well as local government units (LGUs) to implement and execute the operational plans, directives and orders of the PSA Board through the PSA” relative to the census-taking.

The first official census in the Philippines was carried out in 1878 by the colonial Spanish government. The said census yielded a count of 5,567,685 persons living in the archipelago as of December 31, 1877.  In the last census of this kind conducted in the country in May 2010, the country’s population was placed at 92.34 million.

Updated information on the size of the population will provide government planners, policy makers and administrators with data on which to base their social and economic development plans and program.  Specifically, in government, it serves as basis for: 1) redistricting and apportionment of congressional seats; 2) allocation of resources and revenues, such as the Internal Revenue Allotment for LGUs; 3) creation/conversion of political and administrative units, such as provinces, cities, municipalities, and barangays; 4) formulation of policies concerning various segments of the population; and 5) development of policies and programs relative to the delivery of basic social services.  Businesses and industries use the statistical information from the census in the identification of sites for establishing businesses and determining consumer demands and supply of labor for the  production of various goods and services.


For the National Statistician


        (Deputy National Statistician)
         Officer -in-Charge

Ready for counting: PSA sets nationwide census

This is to announce that the Philippine Statistics Authority (PSA) shall conduct the 2015 Census of Population (POPCEN 2015). The PSA, pursuant to Republic Act 10625 or the Philippine Statistical Act of 2013, shall primarily be responsible for all national censuses and surveys, sectoral statistics, consolidation of selected administrative recording systems and compilation of national accounts. The enumeration for the POPCEN 2015 is on August 10 to September 6, 2015 in most provinces and may be extended until end of September 2015 in big cities.
Enumerators wearing official POPCEN 2015 IDs will visit and interview every household to ask basic information such as age, sex, marital status, education, and usual occupation. The interview will take from 15 to 30 minutes for each household.
This nationwide activity aims to provide updated population counts of household members, which shall be used for the determination of the Internal Revenue Allotment (IRA); creation of new local government units (LGUs); and, for the conversion of some existing LGUs to higher level such as municipalities to component cities and component cities to highly urbanized cities. Census results are also useful for determining sites for establishing businesses. These data are utilized to determine consumer demands and supply of labor for the production of various goods and services.
The population count by province, city, municipality, and barangay will be submitted to the Office of the President for proclamation as official census counts in January 2016. Other detailed data will be released on staggered basis starting last quarter of 2016.
The PSA calls for all to support the POPCEN 2015 by accommodating its enumerators as they do interviews and by providing complete and appropriate answers to all questions during the interview.
For more information on and to address support to POPCEN 2015, visit the website http://www.psa.gov.ph or contact the nearest PSA office in your area.
                    National Statistician

POPCEN 2015 Primer

What is the 2015 Census of Population?

The 2015 Census of Population (POPCEN 2015), which is a complete enumeration of households in the country, is designed primarily to take an inventory of the population of the entire Philippines. It also collects information about some characteristics of the population such as age, sex, marital status, and highest grade completed. It will be the 14th census of population to be undertaken in the country since the first census in 1903. Moreover, it will be the 3rd population census to be conducted in between two decennial censuses. Previous to POPCEN 2015, mid-decade censuses were carried out in 1995 and 2007.

Read more about the POPCEN 2015 Primer.