Catanduanes recorded a total population of 271,879 as of May 1, 2020, based on the 2020 Census of Population and Housing (CPH), the Philippine Statistics Authority (PSA) disclosed recently.
According to the PSA Catanduanes Provincial Statistical Office, Proclamation No. 1179 issued last July 6, 2021 by the President of the Republic of the Philippines declared the official population counts.
The total population of Catanduanes in 2020 increased by 10,915 compared to 260,964 in 2015. Compared to 2010 population of 246,300 Catanduanes grew by 25,579 in 2020.
On average, the population growth rate was recorded at 0.99% annually from 2010 until 2020 and 0.87% from 2015 until 2020.
Virac continues to have the largest population among the 11 towns with 76,520 in 2020. San Andres (Calolbon) and Caramoran came in second and third among the most populated municipalities in Catanduanes with 38,480 and 32,114, respectively.
Viga, with 22,869 population, and Bato, with 21,748 population, completed the top five most populous municipalities in the province. Meanwhile, the least populated municipality in Catanduanes in 2020 was Gigmoto with 8,712 total population.
Virac had the highest increase of 2,870 persons in 2020 from the 2015 Census of Population (POPCEN) count of 73,650. It was followed by Caramoran with 2,058 and San Andres with 1,701 population increase. Bagamanoc showed a decrease of 465 persons in 2020 from the 2015 POPCEN.
Viga was the fastest growing municipality in the province in 2020 with 1.18% annual population growth rate. Next in rank were Caramoran and Baras with 1.40% and 1.02% annual population growth rate, respectively. Of the eleven (11) municipalities, three of them hit the one percent mark of PGR. Only the municipality of Bagamanoc recorded a negative PGR of -0.86%.
Barangay San Isidro Village in municipality of Virac was the most populous barangay in the province with 5,459 population in 2020. It was followed by barangay Cavinitan with 3,959, Bigaa with 3,383 and Calatagan Proper with 3,335, also in municipality of Virac. Barangay Cabugao in municipality of Bato rounded off the top five most populous barangay in the province with 3,065 population.
Meanwhile, P. Teston in municipality of Baras was the least populous barangay in the province with a total population of 83 in 2020. It was followed by Barangay San Jose (Pob.) in Virac with 107 population and San Roque (Pob.) in San Andres with 127 population. Barangay Quezon in Baras and Santa Isabel in municipality of Bato round off the top five least populous barangay in the province with a population of 127 and 129 respectively.
The 2020 CPH is the country’s 15th Census of Population and 7th Census of Housing since 1903. Like previous decennial censuses, it is aimed at taking an inventory of the total number of persons living as of 12:01 AM on 01 May 2020 in the 17 administrative regions of the country.
It also includes Filipinos in Philippine embassies, consulates, and missions abroad. Data generated from censuses are used in decision-making for good governance, development planning, risk reduction and crisis response, social welfare programs, and business market analyses, among others.
The CPH was conducted amidst the Coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) pandemic in September 2020. Despite the added challenge and threat in our health during data gathering, the activity received overwhelming support and response from partner agencies, both local and private sector, particularly the LGUs and the public.