Puerto Princesa City’s population has reached 255,116 based on the latest national census of the Philippine Statistics Authority (PSA), more popularly known as NSO, this according to Maria Lalaine Rodriguez, Provincial Statistics Officer of PSA-Palawan.
Based on the said statistics, Barangay San Pedro has the highest number of population with 22,089 residents, followed by Bgy. Sta. Monica with 20,094 and Bgy. San Miguel with 19,649. Barangay Mabuhay has the lowest population with only 206.
According to Rodriguez, the actual census of population or enumeration (data gathering) took place last year from August 10-September 24, 2015. Data were disclosed at the local level thru a PopCen Information Dissemination Forum last October 7, 2016. PSA is bound to do more information dissemination this October, she added.
“Pagkatapos ng enumeration, nagkaroon ‘yan ng processing yung mga survey returns. Nagkaroon pa ng machine processing, data validation. Nagkaroon din kami ng saturation. Kapag validated na ‘yung data, nagkaroon na tayo ng official release na ganito ang population na tinanggap naman ng dating Presidente (Aquino) nitong May 2016,” Rodriguez further explained.
Rodriguez also underscored the importance of the said figures in terms of IRA (Internal Revenue Allotment). “Basehan din sya para magkaroon ng benchmark para sa mga policy users, sa mga government planners. Nakadepende siyempre sa dami ng population ‘yung basic services na ibibigay sa ating mga kababayan,” she said.
The population of the city is a parcel of the province’s total population of 1,104, 085.