Provincial officials from the Philippine Statistics Authority (PSA) and the Department of Interior and Local Government (DILG) said Cavite still tops as the country’s most populous province due to its rapid birthrate and migration factors.

In an interview with Sergio U. Legaspi, PSA-Cavite Statistical Specialist II and Allan Benitez, DILG Provincial Director, attributed the growing number of Cavite inhabitants to its annual population growth rate (PGR) of 3.37 percent during the period 2010 to 2015.

Legaspi said that Cavite’s population as of the 2015 census was placed at 3.68 million and it is projected to reach 4,200,891 this year given the rapid birth rate and the migration spillover to the province from Metro Manila residents.

Given the annual population growth, the figure could reach 4,822,580 in 2020, retaining it as the country’s still fastest growing province based on projection, Legaspi added.

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As of the 2015 census, Cavite as the most populous with 3.68 million people was followed by Bulacan at 3.29 million, Laguna with 3.04 million and 24 other provinces that surpassed the one million population mark.

Meanwhile, DILG provincial director Benitez said that they have also assessed continuing migration of people from the National Capitol Region due to Cavite’s proximity to Metro Manila.

Benitez said the local government units (LGUs) in Cavite reported of some 30,000 individuals, mostly informal settlers who are now relocated in Naic, Cavite while about 2,000 families were relocated in Hugo Perez in Trece Martires City, Cavite.

He said many people from Metro Manila and neighboring provinces are migrating to Cavite to look for jobs, find new homes and purchase residential lots in many subdivisions in view of the construction and real estate boom in the province.

Cavite’s booming economy with ongoing infrastructure developments and its nearness to Metro, Manila have lured many people to migrate to the province.

The DILG provincial official also cited the downsides of migration that result in traffic congestion in major thoroughfare along the Emilio Aguinaldo Hi-way and an increase in crime volume.

Since the surge of industrialization, investments, businesses and industrial and real estates to the province, Cavite’s boom has drawn people like a magnet for job opportunities and residential areas.

This resulted in a population density of some 2,300 inhabitants per square kilometer or 6,000 inhabitants per square mile according 2015 census. (PNA)

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