A Baguio barangay, a La Trinidad village and Kalinga capital city’s community are the three most populous in the Cordillera region.
Irisan remains to be the most populous village out of the region’s 1,178 barangays after registering 36,562 souls, the Philippine Statistics Agency reported in the 2020 census.
Barangay Pico in La Trinidad, Benguet claim second place after docking 25,790 in the latest survey while Bulanao Centro in Tabuk City is running third with 21,522 denizens.
PSA undersecretary Dennis Mapa reported that Tabuk’s most populated barangay has a population that is equal to the total of Tinglayan and Tanudan towns of said province.
Barangay Balili, also in La Trinidad, Benguet is running fourth with 17,756 residents while Camp 7 is now the second most populated barangay in Baguio with 13,875 which eased past Asin Road from third, 10 years ago.
Asin Road moved a notch lower with 13,823 residents, followed by Bakakeng Central with 13,092. Poblacion, La Trinidad is eighth with 12,695, followed by Loakan Proper with 12,006, while Ampucao in the mining town of Itogon, Benguet completes the 10 most populous villages with 10,924 residents.
Tabuk City is now the second most populated town/city in the Cordillera after La Trinidad with 121,033 souls, or 52.2 percent of Kalinga’s population of 229,570.
Mapa added that Kalinga is the fastest growing province in terms of population with an annual growth rate (PGR) of 1.62 percent from 2015 until 2020.
The PSA also noted that the 10 most populous barangays in Kalinga are all in Tabuk City, namely, Bulanao Norte, 6,225; Agbannawag, 5,723; Dagupan Weste, 5,029; Magsaysay, 4,921; Dilag, 4,451; Nambaran, 4,254; Bulo, 4,125; Ipil, 3,615; and Lacnog, 3,515.
Tabuk City is the third fastest growing area in Kalinga with a 1.91 percent PGR during the five year period, higher than the regional average of 1.65 percent and the province’s 1.62 percent.
The PSA also saw many of residents of Tanudan moving out as its population of 9,534 in 2015 shrunk to 8,746 residents in the latest survey or a negative 1.80 percent PGR.
Tabuk City is also the most densely populated local government unit in Kalinga with 173 persons per square kilometer of land. Tabuk measures about 700 square kilometers, the country’s second biggest city after Davao. On the other hand, Balbalan is the least with 24 persons per square kilometer.
PSA – Kalinga chief statistical specialist Maribel Dalayday said that due to the Covid-19 pandemic, the 2020 survey was conducted on September 20202 when it was supposed to be done on May of the same year.
Despite the difficulties posed by the pandemic, they were able to complete the census and thanked the local and national officials, government agencies, local government units, media, private agencies, and non-government organizations for their support.
The 2020 census showed that Cordillera has a total population of 1,797,660, a 76,654 increase from 2015 and 180,793 from 2010. The PGR is 0.91 for the last five years and 1.21 percent from the previous five years.
Cordillera accounts to only 1.65 percent of the Philippine population, Mapa noted.
Benguet remains to be the most populous LGU with 460,683 residents, followed by Baguio, the only urbanized city, with 366,358. Abra comes in third with 229,570 followed by Kalinga. The rest are: Mountain Province (158,200), Ifugao (207,498) and Apayao remains the smallest with a population of 158,200.
La Trinidad is the most populated municipality with 137,404 residents, followed by Tabuk, Itogon (61,498), Bangue, Abra (50,382), the towns of Tuba (48,312), Buguias (44,877), and Mankayan (37,238) all in Benguet, followed by Pinukpuk, Kalinga with 34,275, Alfonso Lista, Ifugao with 34,061 and Bauko, also of Benguet with 32,021.
The 10 least populated towns are all in Abra: Daguioman (2,019), Bucloc (2,395), Langiden (3,576), Lacub (3,612), Malibcong (4,027), Danglas ((4,074), Lagayan (4,488), Boliney (4,551), Licuan-Baay (4,566) and San Isidro (4,745).