Highlights of POPCEN 2007 Final Result in Bicol

5.11 million Bicolanos in 2007 
Final results of the latest Census of Population (POPCEN 2007) conducted by the National Statistics Office (NSO) placed the Bicol Region’s population at 5,109,798 persons as of August 1, 2007. Said results down to barangay level were made official with the signing by President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo of Proclamation No. 1489 on April 16, 2008.

The total population of Bicol Region in 2000 (based on the 2000 Census of Population and Housing) was 4.69 million while it was recorded at 4.33 million in 1995 (based on the 1995 Mid-Decade Census).

Census Year
Census Reference Date
Bicol Population
(in millions)
August 1, 2007
May 1, 2000
September 1, 1995
Lowest population growth rate recorded since the 1980s
The 2007 and 2000 census figures translated into an average annual population growth rate of 1.20 percent for the period 2000 to 2007. As shown below, it was the lowest annual population growth rate recorded for Bicol Region since the 1980s.
Reference Period
Average Annual Population Growth Rate for Bicol
(in percent)
Albay and Camarines Sur comprise more than half of Bicol’s total population
By province, Camarines Sur had the largest population with 1.69 million and Albay with 1.19 million. The combined population of the two provinces comprised more than half (56.45 percent) of Bicol’s population. 

Two provinces have growth rates lower than the regional figure
Two of the Region's 6 provinces have growth rates lower than the regional figure. The other four provinces had higher growth rates, namely, Albay (1.22%), Camarines Norte (1.22%), Camarines Sur (1.22%), and Sorsogon (1.21%).

Camarines Sur’s 1.69 million population tops other provinces
Among provinces, Camarines Sur had the largest population with 1.69 million. Albay was second with 1.19 million. 
Three other provinces surpassed the five hundred thousand mark: Masbate (769 thousand persons); Sorsogon (710 thousand persons) and Camarines Norte (514 thousand persons). On the other hand, only one province reportedly had less than 250 thousand population, namely, Catanduanes (233 thousand persons).

Four cities record more than one hundred thousand population
Of the seven (7) cities, only four had reached more than one hundred thousand marks. The highest is Legazpi City with 179 thousand, second is Naga City with 161 thousand, third is City of Sorsogon with 151 thousand, fourth is City of Tabaco with 124 thousand and last is City of Ligao with 101 thousand.

Daraga, Albay recorded the highest population among the municipalities
Of the 93 municipalities in Bicol Region, Daraga, Albay tops the other municipalities with a population of 110 thousand. Followed by Daet, Camarines Norte with 94 thousand, the third is Libmanan, Camarines Sur with 93 thousand, the fourth is Bulan, Sorsogon with 92 thousand and the fifth is Labo, Camarines Norte with 88 thousand. All the remaining municipalities posted a population count lower than 80 thousand mark.

Among the Barangays in Bicol, Concepcion Pequeño, Naga City registered the highest
Four barangays of Naga City was in the top five while only one from Sorsogon City was included. Concepcion Pequeño, Naga City tops other barangays with a population of 21 thousand, the second is Bibincahan, Sorsogon City (15 thousand), the third is San Felipe, Naga City (13 thousand), the fourth is Concepcion Grande, Naga City (11 thousand) and the fifth is Calauag, Naga City (11 thousand).

About 40,000 fieldworkers were deployed by the NSO during the nationwide census taking last year. The population counts proclaimed by the President as official for all purposes were based on census questionnaires from the different barangays all over the country. These questionnaires were processed in Regional Data Processing Centers adopting a new technology which involved digital imaging and intelligent character recognition. The Census was conducted pursuant to Batas Pambansa Blg. 72 and Commonwealth Act 591.Final counts by barangay are available at the NSO website - . Regional volumes in print and electronic copies (CD-ROM) can be obtained at the Databank and Information Services Division of the NSO.