National

Eastern Visayas population now stands at 4.5 million

Eastern Visayas population now stands at 4.5 million

TACLOBAN CITY — The Philippine Statistics Authority (PSA) in Eastern Visayas has announced that that region’s population now stands at 4,547,150 as of May 2020.

The region’s population is higher by more than 107,000 compared to the 2015 population survey.

PSA Regional Director Wilma Perante said the census of the region’s inhabitants was successfully conducted despite the COVID-19 pandemic.

All six provinces of the region have recorded increase in population with Leyte having the highest population with 1,776,847, followed by Samar (793,183), and Northern Samar (639,186), Eastern Samar (477,168), Southern Leyte (429,573), and Biliran (179,312).

Tacloban City, the regional capital and the only highly urbanized city, has a population of 251,881 or higher by 9,792 compared to the 2015 survey.

Following Tacloban is Ormoc City in Leyte with 230,998 people followed by Calbayog City in Samar (186,960) and Baybay City, Leyte (111,848).

Catbalogan City in Samar has a population of 106,440 while Borongan City in Eastern Samar is the least populated city (71, 961).

The least populated town in the region, based on the 2020 survey, is the municipality of Maslog in Eastern Samar with 5,463 inhabitants.

JPV