Proclamation No. 362 declaring as official the 2010 population has
reached 92.34 million
President Benigno S. Aquino III has declared that the official population of
the Philippines as of 2010 has reached 92.34 million as determined by the
National Statistics Office (NSO).
Based on the 2010 Census of Population and Housing conducted by the NSO, the
total population of the Philippines as of May 1, 2010 is 92,337,852.
The census counts were made official with the signing by President Aquino of
Proclamation No. 362 on March 30, 2012.
The 2010 Census of Population and Housing (CPH) was undertaken by the NSO in
May to June 2010 pursuant to Commonwealth Act 591 and Batas Pambansa Blg.
Commonwealth Act No. 591, which was approved on August 19, 1940, authorized
the then Bureau of the Census and Statistics (now the National Statistics
Office or NSO) to collect by enumeration, sampling or other methods and
statistics and other information concerning the population, and to conduct,
for statistical purposes, investigations and studies of social and economic
conditions in the country, among others.
Batas Pambansa Blg. 72 further accorded the NSO the authority to conduct
population censuses every ten years beginning in 1980, without prejudice to
the undertaking of special censuses of agriculture, industry, commerce,
housing, and other sectors as may be approved by the National Economic and
Development Authority (NEDA).
"Section 9 of Executive Order No. 121 (s. 1987), otherwise known as the
“Reorganization Act of the Philippine Statistical System,” declared that the
NSO shall be the major statistical agency responsible for generating general
purpose statistics and for undertaking such censuses and surveys as may be
designated by the National Statistical Coordination Board," the Chief
The 2010 Census of Population and Housing was conducted with the aim to
count the number of residents in the country and their available housing
The NSO revealed that the 2010 population is higher by 15.83 million
compared to the 2000 population of 76.51 million. In 1990, the total
population was 60.70 million.
The Philippine population increased at the rate of 1.90 percent annually, on
the average, during the period 2000-2010. This means that there were two
persons added per year for every 100 persons in the population.
Population censuses are held every 10 years beginning in 1980.
The NSO is the major statistical agency responsible for generating general
purpose statistics and conducting censuses and surveys as may be designated
by the National Statistical Coordination Board. (js)
Malacanang assures government will conduct thorough investigation of
recent bomb blast in North Cotabato
Malacanang assured the people that the government will
conduct a thorough investigation to bring to justice those responsible
behind the recent bomb blast in North Cotabato expressing disappointment
over the act of violence against the civilian population.
In a regular press briefing in Malacanang, Wednesday, Presidential
Spokesperson Edwin Lacierda condemned the irresponsible acts of violence
perpetuated by some groups that has adversely affected innocent individuals.
“Any act of violence against the civilian population is an act that is
always condemnable and certainly we will look into the incident,” Lacierda
He said that the administration will coordinate with Interior and Local
Government Secretary Jesse Robredo to look into the incident and the
possible government assistance that can be given to those who were affected.
“We will investigate first… we will have to defer to Secretary Robredo as to
the status and we will ask him if we can provide any assistance to those who
were affected, injured and slain in that bombing incident… certainly we
condemn the bombing,” Lacierda stressed.
Despite the recent bomb blast in the southern Philippine province, Lacierda
said the scheduled energy summit will still push through to discuss and
formulate solutions to the power situation in the area.
“Tuloy po yung summit sa Biyernes, hindi po magbabago yun,” Lacierda said.
Initial reports from the regional military and police officials revealed
that two passengers were killed while five others were injured following an
explosion inside a commercial bus in the southern Philippine province of
The reports also said that the explosion occurred at 10:25 a.m. when the
Cagayan de Oro-bound Rural Transit bus (with body number 2922), bearing the
license plate number KVS 740, reached Carmen Terminal in the said province
in Mindanao. (jcl/3:17 p.m.)
Malacanang says government to assist families of
Filipino seafarers killed in Iran
Malacanang extended its condolences to the families of
two Filipino seafarers who died in a rescue effort in Iran after their
vessel was hijacked by Somali pirates off the coast of India last month.
The Palace also promised assistance to the families of the seafarers.
“We condole with the families of the two Filipino who were unfortunately
slain in that rescue attempt. But our understanding is that there will be
assistance provided to them. So, we are grateful that we are able to secure
the release of our Filipino seamen,” Presidential Spokesman Edwin Lacierda
said in a press briefing in Malacanang on Wednesday.
The Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) said the victims were among the 10
Filipino crew members of the carrier MV Eglantine hijacked by Somali
pirates. The Iranian-owned vessel was seized by Somali pirates off the coast
of India last March 26.
When the Iranian navy launched a rescue operation, the pirates allegedly
used crewmen as human shields, the DFA said.
Although the rescuers were able to free eight Filipino seamen from their
captors, the two Filipino crewmen died--one of a gunshot wound in the head
and the other of suffocation at the engine room.
Iranian commandos were also able to capture 12 Somali pirates who hijacked
the bulk carrier.
The surviving crew members will arrive in Manila on Wednesday, April 11. The
repatriation of the deceased, however, is still being worked out by the
Philippine embassy in Iran, the DFA said.
The shipping company also made an assurance that it will provide sufficient
financial compensation to the families of the deceased, the DFA added.
Aquino urges Filipinos to join government efforts to effect
President Benigno S. Aquino III called on all
Filipinos to join the government in its efforts to implement widespread
reforms in the judiciary, saying that it is the responsibility of the
citizenry to ensure a just and free society for the next generation.
The President made the call in his speech after he was conferred the Doctor
of Laws degree, Honoris Causa, by the Centro Escolar University at the
Manila Hotel on Wednesday.
He said it was high time to change the old image of the judiciary that has
been known to favor the rich, the slow pace of hearing and resolving cases,
as well as the seemingly indifference of court employees to the performance
of their duties.
“Ito po mismo ang nais nating baguhin. Isang malawakang reporma ang nais
nating mangyari hindi lamang sa mabagal na sistema sa mga bulwagan ng korte
sa bansa kundi sa kaisipan ng bawat kawani ng hudikatura mula sa mga huwes,
abogado’t clerk of court partikular na sa pagtupad nila sa kanilang mga
tungkulin,” the President said.
“Nais lang nating masiguro na pag may nagsampa ng kaso nakatira man sa bahay
na bato o nakasilong lang sa tagpi-tagping yero, makakatanggap siya ng
desisyon na hindi lalagpas sa dalawang taon at ang timbangan ng katarungan
ay papanig lamang sa kung ano ang makatuwiran,” he added.
The President said it was the duty of all Filipinos to work towards ensuring
that we have a judiciary that dispenses fair and just rulings.
“Tungkulin natin manindigan para sa isang sistemang pangkatarungan na may
katiyakan ---isang hukuman kung saan ang inosente ay lalabas na inosente at
ang lumabag sa batas ay siguradong mapananagot,” the President strssed.
“Nasa atin po bilang mamamayan ang gawing sistemang makatarungan ang
sistemang pangkatarungan,” he said.
The President likewise called on the Filipino citizenry to join him in
working towards achieving a fair and just society for the next generation of
“Samahan niyo ako. Manindigan tayo at makilahok upang maabot natin ang tunay
na hustisya sa ating lipunan at para makasiguro na isang makatarungang
Pilipinas ang maipamamana natin sa susunod na salinlahi,” the President
Aquino directs AFP and Philippine Navy to monitor activities in
Following the sighting of several fishing vessels
believed to be of Chinese origin in the vicinity of the Philippines’ Panatag
(Scarborough) Shoal last Sunday, April 8, President Benigno S. Aquino III
has directed the Armed Forces of the Philippines and the Philippine Navy to
step up its monitoring activities in line with its enforcement of the
Philippine Fisheries Code and marine environment protection laws.
In an interview after being conferred the Doctor of
Laws Degree, Honoris Causa, by the Centro Escolar University at the Manila
Hotel on Wednesday, the President said he directed the AFP and the
Philippine Navy in order to assert our sovereignty over the shoal.
“Ang importante diyan mapangalagaan natin ang ating
sovereignty. Hindi natin pwede ipamigay ‘yan at wala tayong aasahan kundi
ang sarili natin,” the President said.
“Kaalinsunod ‘non, kinausap natin lahat ng mga
kinauukulan—ang ating Sandatahang Lakas pati na rin ang Philippine Coast
Guard—para maliwanag ‘yung tinatawag na rules of engagement para matiyak na
walang karahasan na mangyayari diyan,” he added.
The Panatag Shoal is an integral part of Philippine
territory. The Shoal is 124 nautical miles from the nearest basepoint in
Zambales Province. It is within the Philippines’ 200 nautical miles
Exclusive Economic Zone (EEZ) and Continental Shelf.
The Department of Foreign Affairs, in a statement
released on Wednesday said that the Philippine Navy had deployed the BRP
Gregorio del Pilar (PF-15) from Palawan to Northern Luzon waters on April 8,
2012 to protect the marine environment and resources in the Panatag Shoal
and to assert the Philippine sovereignty and sovereign rights over the area
as a responsible coastal state.
In the course of its patrol, PF-15 confirmed the
presence of the eight Chinese fishing vessels anchored inside the lagoon of
the shoal. The Philippine Navy vessel remained in the vicinity of the shoal
for continuous monitoring of the fishing vessels.
In the morning of April 10, Tuesday, BRP Gregorio del Pilar, in accordance
with the established rules of engagement, dispatched a boarding team to
inspect the fishing vessels and collect photos and other evidence of their
catch. The inspection team reported that large amounts of illegally
collected corals, giant clams and live sharks were found inside the
compartments of the first fishing vessel that was boarded by the Philippine
The BRP Gregorio del Pilar later reported that two
Chinese maritime surveillance ships identified as Zhonggou Haijian 75 and
Zhonggou Haijian 84 managed to sail at the mouth of the Shoal, placing
themselves between PF-15 and the eight Chinese fishing vessels, thus
preventing the arrest of the erring Chinese fishermen.
This situation has remained unchanged as of Wednesday morning, April 11.
To seek a diplomatic solution, Secretary of Foreign
Affairs Albert F. del Rosario communicated with Chinese Ambassador Ma Keqing
on Tuesday evening, April 10, that the Panatag Shoal is an integral part of
the Philippine territory and the Philippine Navy is enforcing Philippine
laws on the Shoal, which is within the Exclusive Economic Zone and
Continental Shelf of the country.
Furthermore, Secretary del Rosario has invited
Ambassador Ma to the DFA Wednesday morning for further discussion of this
Aquino to welcome Governor-General of the
Commonwealth of Australia in
President Bengino S. Aquino III will welcome Her
Excellency Quentin Bryce, Governor-General of the Commonwealth of Australia,
who will be conducting a two-day State Visit to the Philippines from April
12 to 13.
The President will accord Bryce the traditional welcome given by Malacañang
to visiting Heads of State which includes the full military honors and a
21-gun salute on the palace grounds Thursday morning after which a State
Dinner will then be hosted by the President in Her Excellency’s honor.
The Department of Foreign Affairs said in a statement that aside from
meeting with the President, Bryce will also undertake site visits of the
Conditional Cash Transfer program of the Department of Social Welfare and
Development (DSWD) and the BRACE (Building the Resilience and Awareness of
Metro Manila Communities to Natural Disaster and Climate Change Impacts)
program of the Australian Agency for International Aid (AusAID).
Bryce’s visit, her first as Governor-General of the Commonwealth of
Australia, is expected to further strengthen the vibrant and dynamic
partnership between the two countries that have spanned for 66 years. (rck)