Tawi-Tawi population increases by 6.6 percent in 2015
Province of Tawi-Tawi recorded a total of 24,165 additional persons, that is 6.6 percent increase in total population between 2010 and 2015 based on the results of the 2015 Census of Population (POPCEN). This was reported by Masil H. Mohammadsha, Provincial Statistics Officer (PSO) of the Philippine Statistics Authority (PSA) – Tawi-Tawi Provincial Office during the conduct of the Provincial Data Dissemination Forum on the Demographic and Socioeconomic Characteristics of Tawi-Tawi based on the results of POPCEN 2015 attended by data partners from line agencies, local government units (LGUs), academe, military and private institutions last January 10, 2018 at Beachside Inn Hotel and Restaurant in Bongao, Tawi-Tawi.
Usec. Lisa Grace S. Bersales, National Statistician and Civil Registrar General headed the PSA Team composed of Dr. Abubakar S. Asaad, Regional Director of PSA-ARMM; Atty. Maqtahar L. Manulon, Regional Director of PSA-XII, Dr. Mewchun WS. Pamaran, Regional Director of PSA-IX; Ms. Gaye A. Parcon, PSA Consultant; PSO Naser S. Usman of PSA-Basilan; PSO Noronisa D. Macadadaya of PSA-Lanao del Sur; PSO Razulden A. Mangelen of PSA-Maguindana; PSO Medzhor A. Tan of PSA-Sulu; and other personnel from PSA Central Office and PSA-ARMM Regional Office who have shown full support to this event which was conducted in leadership of PSO Mohammadsha.
PSO Mohammadsha welcomed the participants and guests by providing a glimpse of what the natural resources of Tawi-Tawi can offer to the country in terms of tourism and fisheries production. Dr. Asaad also delivered his message expressing his acknowledgement of the presence of the participants and guests. He explained the importance of statistics in evidence-based policy making and in the economic growth of the country. Dr. Asaad also introduced Usec. Bersales as the Keynote Speaker for this event.
Usec. Bersales focused her discussion on the role of the partnership between PSA and other data partners in generating statistics that will improve the quality of lives of the people in Tawi-Tawi. She discussed about the Civil Registration Vital Statistics Decade, Sustainable Development Goals, and AmBisyon Natin 2040 as the major programs aimed at providing a better life to the people.
Mr. Amar L. Hailaya, Statistical Specialist II of PSA-Tawi-Tawi, presented the Background of the POPCEN 2015, including its objectives, legal bases, data items, standard procedures, among others. Moreover, PSO Mohammadsha reported the highlights of the results of POPCEN 2015 focusing on the annual growth rate of population, age and sex ratio, median age, average household size, dependency ratio, voting-age population, marital status, highest educational attainment, school attendance rate, simple literacy rate, religious affiliation, occupations and population of overseas workers in Tawi-Tawi, as of August 1, 2015.
Representative of the Provincial Planning and Development Office (PPDO) of Tawi-Tawi raised issues on the reliability of statistics generated by PSA during the Open Forum facilitated by PSO Tan. According to the PPDO-Tawi-Tawi representative, data results of PSA usually do not coincide with their programs and activities. Usec. Bersales explained that PSA has been imposing quality standards in its statistical activities in planning, training and processing. Aside from the three levels of trainings and data cleaning processes, PSA now uses latest technologies to minimize errors and assure the quality of information generated, such as geotagging of household units. This is the reason why survey results take almost a year or more before being published. Moreover, PSA also proposed the inclusion of enumeration or data collection courses in the curriculum of the DepEd and TESDA to produce efficient Statistical Researchers for the surveys and censuses conducted by the agency.
Participants from the LGU requested for the faster generation of official statistics, so that they will be able to use actual data for the programs that they implement. According to Usec. Bersales, censuses are done only every 10 years as practiced internationally. The main consideration on conducting censuses is its high cost, because every data item in the questionnaire costs Php 2.00. Usec. Bersales introduced data sources in the data ecosystem other than surveys and censuses that the planners can also use such as Civil Registry System and National ID Systems which can generate real time population statistics.
Atty. Manulon officially concluded the forum with his closing remarks. He reiterated the highlights of the forum, most especially the keynote speech of Usec. Bersales, presentation of PSO Mohammadsha, and issues raised by the participants. He expressed his gratitude for the invitation from the PSA-ARMM and acknowledged the guests for their full support in this event.