The recent Census of Population and Housing (CPH) conducted by the Philippine Statistics Authority (PSA) showed that the MIMAROPA region recorded a total population of 3,228,558 as of May 1, 2020. That number accounted for 3% of the total Philippine population.


With this figure, the Commission on Population and Development (POPCOM)-MIMAROPA Region has called for the implementation of broadened approaches to further strengthen population and development programs at the local level. The population of the region increased by an average of 1.82% during the period 2015-2020. By comparison, the rate at which the region’s population grew in 2010-2015 was lower at 1.47%. 


Among the provinces in MIMAROPA, Palawan is still the most populous with 939,594 total population. This was followed by Oriental Mindoro, 908,339; Occidental Mindoro, 525,354; Romblon, 308,985; and Marinduque, 239,207. Meanwhile, the highly urbanized City of Puerto Princesa had a total population of 307,079.


“The MIMAROPA region is experiencing a faster population growth rate, so we at POPCOM believe that there is a need to double the efforts on family planning campaign to attain a better demographic scenario for the region,” POPCOM-MIMAROPA Regional Director Reynaldo O. Wong pointed out.


Moving towards population and development. The POPCOM Board of Commissioners has recently approved the renaming of the Philippine Population Management Program (PPMP) to Philippine Population and Development Program (PPDP). This shift places greater emphasis on demographic indicators that drive development outcomes. Meanwhile, the program thrusts on Responsible Parenthood and Family Planning (RPFP), Adolescent Health and Development (AHD), and the Population and Development (POPDEV) Integration will still be maintained. 


POPCOM and its regional offices are working closely with the local government units, partner agencies, and other stakeholders to reach more couples and individuals for correct information on responsible parenthood and family planning. In addition, the Commission is also maximizing its efforts in the reduction of teenage pregnancy that contributes to unintended population outcomes among young people.


The growing population implies the need for more resources and opportunities for development to ensure the welfare and well-being of all Filipinos. It denotes investing more for human capital formation who can contribute to the socio-economic growth of the country. 


“Achieving the regional demographic dividend amid the COVID-19 pandemic, requires the support of every MIMAROPAN,” RD Wong added.