By RHAYDZ B BARCIA
LEGAZPI CITY: The sleepy coastal town of Jovellar in Albay registered a decline in population growth while there was an overall regional population increase in the rest of Bicol.
Cyntia Perdiz, NSO regional director, reported during the Department of Science and Technology (DOST) Nutricomnet meeting held at National Food Authority here that the region’s population increased by 734,000 during the last 10 years.
Among the provinces, Albay during the period 2000-10 posted the lowest growth rate while Masbate and Camarines Sur posted an increase of 1.66% and 1.62%, respectively, where the Bicol regional average growth rate stood at 1.46% during the period in study.
“While there was an overall increase in the regional population, the municipality of Jovellar in Albay, the population dropped by 458, the only municipality in the region that posted a decline,” she reported.
Bicol’s total population stood at 5,420,411 as of 2010 or an increase of 733,742 compared to the region’s population 10 years ago.
Being the biggest province, CamSur had a population of 1.8 million, which represents one-third of the whole regional population.
Albay had the second largest population with 1.2 million.
The combined population of CamSur and Albay comprised more than half (56%) of Bicol’s total population.
Catanduanes had the least population with 245,300 people.
As to the seven cities, Legazpi - which serves as the region’s administrative center had the biggest population with 182,200 inhabitants that constitute 14.8% of the total population of the province of Albay where the city belongs.
Naga City, a trading hub, ranked second with 174,931 which represented 9.6% of the total population of CamSur.
Sorsogon City had the third largest with 155,144, which constituted 20.9% of the total population of Sorsogon province.
The only city in Bicol with a population of less than 100,000 is Masbate. – Bicol Mail