Preliminary vital statistics released last week by the Philippine Statistics Authority (PSA) Catanduanes provincial office show that the island’s population increased by 5,549 individuals in 2016.
Citing documents submitted to their office, the PSA Provincial Statistical Office bared that, on the average, 20 children were born every day. The computed crude birth rate (CBR) or the number of live births per thousand-population was 28, slightly higher than the 2015 CBR of 26.4.
The number of recorded live-births for Catanduanes was 7,295, or 9% higher than the 2015 record of 6,927, with most of the births occurring in the capital town of Virac with 3,126. The town of Panganiban recorded the least number of births with 21. The town, along with San Miguel, also had more births than deaths. Six municipalities saw an increase in the recorded number of live births from the previous year: Pandan (+29%), Baras (+14.%), Gigmoto (+14%), Bato (+11%), Virac (+9%) and Viga (+6%).
There were only 1,746 registered deaths last year, lower than the 1,775 last year, with about two out of five deaths occuring in Virac. The crude death rate for the province is 6.7 per thousand population.
Virac recorded the highest number of deaths with 792 or 45.4% of the total, followed by San Andres with 214 or 12.3%, with Panganiban having the least number of deaths at 39 (2.2 %).
In effect, the increase in population based on the difference between the number of births and deaths is about 15 individuals per day, or equivalent to 5, 549 individual a year, the PSA said.
The report also disclosed that for 2016, the number of documents added to the archives of the PSA reached 10,186, compared to 9.754 last year, Of this total, 72% were records of birth, 17% were records of death, and 11% were records of marriage, roughly the same figures from previous year’s distribution percentage.
Most deaths (99.5%) and marriages (98.2%) were classified as current or are those registered one year and below after they have occurred. Only about 0.5% of deaths and 1.8% of marriages were classified as late registered. Meanwhile for birth, the percentage of late-registration is relatively high at 22.5% or 1,640 out of the total 7, 295.
Among the 11 municipalities, Virac recorded the most current occurrences of vital events at 96.4%, whilst the municipality of Caramoran recorded the least at 62.4%.
A total of 1,145 marriages were registered in 2016, from 1, 052 in 2015, or an increase of 8.8 percent. On the average, about three couples got married every day. The Crude marriage rate (CMR), or the number of marriage per thousand population, was computed at 4.0.
Among the 11 towns, Virac reported the highest number of registered marriage with 324 or 28.2% of the total, followed by San Andres with 209 or 18.3%. Gigmoto and Baras registered the least number of marriages with only 31 marriages each, equivalent to 2.7% of the total.
The PSA explained that the preliminary vital statistics were generated based on the registered civil registry documents submitted by the 11 municipal civil registrars of the province. All results presented however, are preliminary, pending final tabulation at the PSA Central Office, it said, adding that the data are not adjusted for under-registration.