MALAYBALAY CITY (MindaNews/30 Dec) — Bukidnon’s population by 2013 is expected to reach 1.38 million, based on the 2010 census, the Regional Development Council-10 Macro and Development Administration Committee said.
The actual published population of the province in 2010 based on the 2010 census was 1,299,192 or a difference of 81,175 more from the 2013 projected population and 32,000 more from the projected 2012 population.
Bukidnon has the highest population among northern Mindanao provinces followed by Misamis Oriental with 813,856.
The RDC in Resolution 33 adopted the 2010-based interim population projection for Region 10 by province, highly urbanized cities and municipalities, for 2011 to 2016.
The adoption is necessary, according to the RDC, “with the change in the behavioral trend of the region’s population projected to be 4.567 million in 2013.”
The RDC urged all government agencies and local government units in the region to use the 2010-based interim population projection for “administrative and development planning purposes.”
According to the projection, Valencia City’s 181,556 population in 2010 will be 192,820 by 20123.
Valencia ranks third among largest urbanized areas in the region, after Cagayan de Oro (602,088) and Iligan City (322,821) . Ranking fourth is neighboring Malaybalay City with 153,085 in the 2010 census.
Ozamis City came in fifth with 131,526 and Gingoog City with 117,908 is sixth in the latest census.
Three Bukidnon towns are among the 10 highest populated urbanized areas in the region: Quezon (94,584), Manolo Fortich (91,026); and Maramag (90,901).
Oroquieta City, the capital of Misamis Occidental, which has a population of 68,945 in 2010, is tenth. (Walter I. Balane/MindaNews)