Population increased to 150,031
The population of Biliran was 150,031 persons as of August 1, 2007, based on the 2007 Census of Population (POPCEN 2007). This figure was higher by 9,757 persons over the population count of 140,274 persons in 2000. The recent population count for the province translated to an annual growth rate of 0.93 percent for the period 2000 to 2007, lower than the 1.28 percent annual growth rate registered for the period 1995 to 2000.
The number of households reached 32,148, which was 4,239 households more than the 2000 figure. The average household size in 2007 was 4.7 persons, which was slightly lower than the average household size of 5.0 persons in 2000.
Naval was the most populated municipality
Among the 8 municipalities in Biliran, Naval, the provincial capital, was the most populous with a population of 44,288 persons or 29.5 percent of the provincial total population. This municipality was followed by Caibiran (13.7 percent), Kawayan (12.7 percent), and Cabucgayan (12.5 percent). The municipality of Maripipi (4.6 percent) had the least share.
Males dominated the household population
Of the 149,733 household population of Biliran, 51.4 percent were males and 48.6 percent were females or a sex ratio of 106 males for every 100 females. This was slightly higher than the sex ratio of 103 males for every 100 females in 2000.
Half of the population of Biliran were below 20 years old
The household population of Biliran had a median age of 20 years, which means that half of the household population were below 20 years old. The median age for the province in 2007 was one year higher than the median age of 19 years recorded in 2000.
Voting-age population by sex were almost equal
Majority (53.7 percent) of the household population of Biliran were in the voting age group (18 years old and over). The distribution of the voting-age population were almost equal for males (50.6 percent) and females (49.4 percent).
Overall dependency ratio decreased to 84 dependents per 100 persons in the working age group
The proportion of household population in the working age group (15 – 64 years) was 54.5 percent, young dependents (0 – 14 years), 39.5 percent and old dependents (65 years and over), 6.1 percent.
The overall dependency ratio was 84, which implies that for every 100 persons in the working age group, there were 84 dependents (73 young dependents and 11 old dependents). In 2000, there were about 85 dependents (75 young dependents and 10 old dependents) for every 100 persons in the working-age population.
Proportion of married persons increased
Of the household population 10 years old and over in 2007, 44.3 percent were married while 42.3 percent were single. The marital status of the rest of the population was either widowed, divorced/separated, common law/live-in, or unknown. Among single persons, there were more males (56.8 percent) than females (43.2 percent). Females outshone the males in the rest of the categories for marital status.
In 2000, the proportion of single persons (43.2 percent) was almost equal to the proportion of married persons (43.6 percent).
More females pursued higher levels of education
Of the household population 5 years old and over, 48.9 percent had attended or finished elementary education and 24.9 percent had reached high school. The proportion of academic degree holders was 6.9 percent, but this was 4.1 percentage points higher than its proportion in 2000.
More females pursued higher levels of education than males, as majority of those with academic degree (53.9 percent) and post baccalaureate degree (59.4 percent) were females.
Among the household population 5 to 24 years old, about 7 out of 10 (68.1 percent) attended school at anytime during the School Year 2007 to 2008. Of the total females aged 5 to 24 years, 71.0 percent attended school at anytime during the School Year 2007 to 2008, while attendance for males was lower at 65.6 percent of the total males aged 5 to 24 years old.
Number of occupied housing units increased
From a total of 27,514 occupied housing units in 2000, the number of occupied housing units reached 31,866 in 2007, showing an increase of 15.8 percent. The average number of households for every 100 occupied housing units in 2007 and 2000 was the same at 101 households. However, in terms of number of persons per occupied housing unit, the ratio of 4.7 persons per occupied housing unit in 2007 was lower than the ratio of 5.1 persons per occupied housing unit in 2000.
Most occupied housing units were made of strong materials
An improvement in the materials used for the outer walls was observed in 2007. The proportion of occupied housing units with outer walls made of concrete/brick/stone increased from 20.7 percent in 2000 to 29.2 percent in 2007. On the other hand, the proportion of occupied housing units with outer walls made of wood dropped from 34.4 percent in 2000 to 30.4 percent in 2007 or a difference of 4.0 percentage points.
About three out of five (61.3 percent) occupied housing units in 2007 had roofs made of galvanized iron/aluminum. Use of cogon/nipa/anahaw for the roof was 31.9 percent, a decrease of 11.7 percentage points from 43.6 percent recorded in 2000.
(Sgd.) CARMELITA N. ERICTA
Source: Household Statistics Department
National Statistics Office
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