Children of People
How many are they?
Children of Bicol comprised about 37 percent of the total population in the region…
A total of 1.751 million Bicolano children 5-17 years old were recorded as of October 2001, which is about 37.5 percent of the total population in the Bicol Region. This number represents an increase of 5.3 percent compared to the 1.663 million children recorded in the Bicol Region in 1995.
Most of the children in Bicol are 5-9 years old (40.6 percent) while 40.0 percent and 19.2 percent belong to age groups 10-14 and 15-17 years old, respectively.
As to the area of residence, three out of four children in Bicol reside in the rural areas (75.9 percent).
Male children outnumbered the female children in Bicol at a ratio of 115 males per 100 females.
Almost one out of five children of Bicol were working…
About 344 thousand (19.6 percent) of the total 1.751 million children 5-17 years old of the region have worked during the period October 2000 to September 2001. This proportion of working children is higher by 2.1 percentage points compared to the 17.5 percent proportion (292 thousand working children out of the 1.663 million) of working children in 1995.
Around 170 thousand children 15 to 17 years old worked during the past 12 months in Bicol. This number represents 50.4 percent of the total children aged 15-17 years old and 49.4 percent of the total working children 5-17 years old in the region. On the other hand, more than one-fifth (23.6 percent) of the children 10-14 years old and 1.3 percent of children 5-9 years old also worked during the same period.
Mostly were males and lived in the rural areas…
For all age groups and for both urban and rural areas, the number of economically active males exceeded the females. The sex ratio of rural-based working children was higher (249 males per 100 females) compared to that of their urban counterparts (148 males per 100 females).
Four in every five of the working children (80.8 percent) were found in the rural areas and only one in every five working children (19.2 percent) reside in the urban areas.
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