Catanduanes: Female Overseas Workers Outnumbered the Males
(Results from the 2010 Census of Population and Housing)
Reference Number: 2013-62
Release Date: Friday, June 14, 2013
Population of Catanduanes increased at the rate of 1.35 percent annually
Based on the 2010 Census of Population and Housing (CPH), the province of Catanduanes posted a total population of 246,300 persons as of May 1, 2010. This is larger by 30,944 persons compared to its total population of 215,356 persons counted in the 2000 CPH. The increase in the population count from 2000 to 2010 translated to an average annual population growth rate (PGR) of 1.35 percent. This is lower than the 1.42 percent annual PGR of the province between the census years 1990 and 2000.
If the average annual PGR recorded at 1.35 percent during the period 2000 to 2010 continues, the population of Catanduanes would double in 52 years.
Fifty years ago, the population of Catanduanes was only 156,329 persons. This population size is two thirds of the population of the province in the 2010 CPH.
Municipality of Virac was the most populous
Among the 11 municipalities comprising the province of Catanduanes, the municipality of Virac, the provincial capital, was the most populous with a population size making up 27.2 percent of the total provincial population. The municipality of San Andres was second with 14.5 percent share, followed by the municipalities of Caramoran (11.4 percent), Viga (8.4 percent), Bato (8.1 percent), and Pandan (7.9 percent). The rest of the municipalities contributed less than 7.0 percent each.
The least populated area was the municipality of Gigmoto with 3.2 percent share to the total population of the province. It was also the least populated area in 2000.
Sex ratio was 105 males per 100 females
Of the 245,574 household population in 2010, males accounted for 51.3 percent while females comprised 48.7 percent. These figures resulted in a sex ratio of 105 males for every 100 females. The sex ratio recorded in 2000 was 103 males per 100 females.
Median age increased to 21.1 years
In 2010, the median age of the population of the province was 21.1 years, which means that half of the population was younger than 21.1 years. This is higher than the median age of 19.7 years that was recorded in 2000.
Moreover, 37.0 percent of the household population were under 15 years old. Children aged 10 to 14 years (12.8 percent) comprised the largest age group, followed by those in the age groups 5 to 9 years (12.5 percent) and 0 to 4 years (11.7 percent). Males outnumbered females in the age groups 0 to 54 years. On the other hand, there were more females than males in the older age groups (55 years and over).
More than half of the population were of voting age
The voting-age population (18 years and over) accounted for 55.9 percent of the household population of the province in 2010, up from 53.1 percent in 2000. There were more males (50.4 percent) than females (49.6 percent) among the voting-age population.
Dependency ratio decreased to 76 dependents per 100 persons in the working age group
In 2010, the young dependents (0 to 14 years) comprised 37.0 percent of the household population while the old dependents (65 years and over) posted a share of 6.4 percent. The working-age population (15 to 64 years) accounted for the remaining 56.6 percent.
The overall dependency ratio was 77, which indicates that for every 100 working-age population, there were about 77 dependents (66 young dependents and 11 old dependents). This ratio is lower than the dependency ratio in 2000, which was recorded at 87 dependents per 100 working-age population (75 young dependents and 12 old dependents).
There were more males than females among the never-married persons
Of the household population 10 years old and over, 46.2 percent were never married while 40.4 percent were married. The rest of the population were categorized as follows: in common-law/live-in marital arrangement (7.3 percent), widowed (5.2 percent), and divorced/separated (0.9 percent).
Among the never-married persons, 55.7 percent were males while 44.3 percent were females. For the rest of the categories for marital status, the females outnumbered the males.
More females had attained higher levels of education
Of the household population aged five years and over, 39.8 percent had attended or completed elementary education, 31.6 percent had reached or finished high school, 7.9 percent were college undergraduates, and 8.4 percent were academic degree holders. Among those with an academic degree, the females (59.4 percent) outnumbered the males (40.6 percent). Similarly, more females (67.0 percent) than males (33.0 percent) had pursued post baccalaureate courses.
Persons with disability comprised 1.1 percent of the population in the province
In 2010, around 2,700 persons or 1.1 percent of the 245,574 household population had a disability. The proportion of persons with disability (PWD) in 2000 was 1.7 percent of the 215,151 household population of the province during that year. The number of PWD for the same year was around 3,700.
There were more males than females among those with functional difficulty
Of the 216,776 household population five years and over, 1.8 percent (or 3,876 persons) had at least one type of functional difficulty either in seeing, hearing, walking or climbing steps, remembering or concentrating, self-caring (bathing or dressing), or communicating. There were more males (50.2 percent) than females (49.8 percent) among those persons with at least one type of functional difficulty.
On the other hand, of the total 3,876 persons aged five years and over with at least one type of functional difficulty, 34.9 percent reported difficulty in seeing, even if wearing eyeglasses. There were 34.8 percent who had difficulty in walking or climbing steps, 28.0 percent had difficulty in communicating, 26.9 percent had difficulty in remembering or concentrating, 24.2 percent who had difficulty in hearing, even if using a hearing aid, and 20.2 percent had difficulty in self-caring (bathing or dressing).
Female overseas workers outnumbered their male counterparts
Of the 186,108 household population 10 years old and over in Catanduanes, 1.1 percent (or 2,138 persons) were overseas workers. Female overseas workers outnumbered their male counterparts as they comprised 52.2 percent of all the overseas workers from this province. Overseas workers aged 30 to 34 years made up the largest age group, comprising 21.5 percent of the total overseas workers from this province in 2010, followed by the age groups 25 to 29 years (18.2 percent), 35 to 39 years (18.1 percent), and 45 years and over (18.0 percent).
Average household size was 5.0 persons
The number of households in 2010 was recorded at 49,368, higher by 8,349 households compared with the 41,019 households posted in 2000. The average household size in 2010 was 5.0 persons, lower than the average household size of 5.2 persons in 2000.
Household Population, Number of Households,
and Average Household Size (Catanduanes 2010 and 2000)
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There were 101 households per 100 occupied housing units
A total of 49,098 occupied housing units were recorded in Catanduanes in 2010. This translates to a ratio of 101 households for every 100 occupied housing units, with 5.0 persons per occupied housing unit. In 2000, there were 102 households per 100 occupied housing units and 5.4 persons per occupied housing unit.
Occupied housing units with outer walls and roofs made of strong materials increased
In 2010, 41.6 percent of the occupied housing units in the province had outer walls made of concrete/brick/stone. The proportion of occupied housing units with outer walls made of wood, on the other hand, decreased from 29.0 percent in 2000 to 20.8 percent in 2010. Meanwhile, 65.7 percent of the occupied housing units in 2010 had roofs made of galvanized iron/aluminum. This is higher than the proportion recorded in 2000 at 58.6 percent.
Majority of the households lived in lots that they owned or amortized
In 2010, of the total 49,368 households, 67.2 percent owned or amortized the lots that they occupied. The corresponding figure in 2000 was 66.5 percent.
Moreover, 27.1 percent of the households occupied lots which were rent-free but with consent of the owner, 4.7 percent rented the lots that they occupied while 0.9 percent occupied lots which were rent-free but without consent of the owner.
(Sgd) CARMELITA N. ERICTA