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Leyte records lowest population rate since 1960s, NSO says

Tacloban City (June 15) -- The province of Leyte's increase in population from the year 2000 to the year 2007 showed an average annual population rate of 1.09 percent, the lowest average population rate ever recorded in the province since the 1960s.

The 2007 Census of Population conducted by the National Statistics Office revealed that as of August 1, 2007, the province of Leyte has a total population of 1,722,036.

Ms. Wilma Perante, the Provincial Statistics Officer informed that the 2007 POPCEN count in the province of Leyte is lower by 11,000 to the 1.83 million projected propulation for the year 2007, under the medium series.

The total population of Leyte increased only by 127,700 from the 2000 Population Census count of 1,592,336.

Ms. Perante said that in 1960, the intercensal average annual growth rate in Leyte was 1.36. In the year 1970, the average annual growth rate of the province increased to 1.50.

In 1975, the average annual growth rate slightly increased to 1.52 and dramatically increased to 1.61 in the 1980 census of population.

In the 1990 Population Census, the province of Leyte's population growth rate decreased to 1.39 and soared to 1.89 in the 1995 Population Census.

The 2000 Population Census showed that Leyte had an annual population growth rate of 1.13 and then in the 2007 Population Census, Leyte's annual growth rate was only 1.09.

In demographics and ecology, population growth rate is the fractional rate at which the number of individuals in a population increases. Specifically, population growth rate refers to the change in population over a specific time period expressed as a percentage of the number of individuals in the population at the beginning of that period.

Compared with its Southeast Asian peers, the Philippines' population growth rate was much higher compared to Malaysia, which had a 2.1 increase from 2001 to 2006 and Vietnam with 1.4 percent hike during the same period. The population of Indonesia and Thailand posted a growth rate of 1.3 and 0.8 percent respectively.

However, the 2.04 percent population growth is a slowdown from the 2.34 percent average in 1990-2000. It was also lower than the 88.71 million projection earlier made by the government.

This population growth rate was the lowest annual population growth rate recorded for the Philippines since the 1960s, the NSO said in its report.

The population growth rate is expected to ease further in the coming years with average annual population growth for the period 2005-2010 projected at 1.95 percent, based on the 2000 Census of Population and Housing.

The official population count was released by President Gloria Macapagal Arroyo through Proclamation No. 1489.

Globally, the rate of the human population has slowed down a little since its peak in the 1980s. The actual annual growth in the number of human's fell from its peak of 87 million per annum in the late 1980's, to a low of 75 million in 2002, at which it stabilized. In 2007, it slowly rose to 77 million per annum which, of course is still lower than the 87 million in the late 1980s. (PIA 8) [top]

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