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The population of Region VII (Central Visayas) as of August 1, 2015 was 6,041,903 based on the 2015 Census of Population (POPCEN 2015).

The 2015 population of the region is higher by 528,389 compared with the population of 5.51 million in 2010, and by 1,465,038 compared with the population of 4.58 million in 2000. Refer to Table 1.

The population of Region VII increased by 1.76 percent annually, on average, during the period 2010 to 2015. By comparison, the rate at which the region’s population grew during the period 2000 to 2010 was higher at 1.88 percent. See Table 2.

Table 1. Population of Region VII – Central Visayas
(Based on the 2000, 2010, and 2015 Censuses)

Census YearCensus Reference DatePopulation
(in millions)
2000May 1, 20004.58
2010May 1, 20105.51
2015August 1, 20156.04

Table 2. Annual Population Growth Rate: Region VII – Central Visayas
(Based on the 2000, 2010, and 215 Censuses)

Reference PeriodAnnual Population Growth Rate
(in percent)
2010-20151.76
2000-20101.88

Among the three provinces comprising the region, Cebu (excluding Cebu City, Lapu-Lapu City, and Mandaue City) had the biggest population in 2015 with 2.94 million, followed by Bohol with 1.31 million. Siquijor had the smallest population with 96 thousand. Refer to Table 3.

The region has three highly urbanized cities (HUCs). Among these HUCs, Cebu City was the most populous with 923 thousand persons, followed by Lapu-Lapu City (408 thousand), and Mandaue City (363 thousand).

The total population of Region VII accounted for about 6.0 percent of the Philippine population in 2015.

Table 3. Population by Province/Highly Urbanized City: Region VII – Central Visayas
(Based on the 2000, 2010, and 2015 Censuses)

Province/Highly Urbanized City200020102015
Bohol1,1391,2551,314
Cebu (excluding Cebu City, Lapu-Lapu City, and Mandaue City)2,1612,6192,939
Cebu City719866923
Lapu-Lapu City217350408
Mandaue City260331363
Siquijor829196
Population (in thousands)

Cebu (excluding Cebu City, Lapu-Lapu City, and Mandaue City) was the fastest growing province in the region with an average annual population growth rate (PGR) of 2.22 percent during the period 2010 to 2015. It was followed by Siquijor (1.01 percent) and Bohol (0.87 percent). See Table 4.

Lapu-Lapu City was the fastest growing HUC in the province with a PGR of 2.94 percent, followed by Mandaue City (1.73 percent), and Cebu City (1.21 percent).

Table 4. Annual Population Growth Rate by Province/Highly Urbanized City: Region VII – Central Visayas
(Based on the 2000, 2010, and 2015 Censuses)

Province/Highly Urbanized City2010-20152000-2010
Bohol0.870.97
Cebu (excluding Cebu City, Lapu-Lapu City, and Mandaue City)2.221.94
Cebu City1.211.88
Lapu-Lapu City2.944.91
Mandaue City1.732.46
Siquijor1.011.10

Region VII is composed of three highly urbanized cities, seven component cities, 97 municipalities, and 2,446 barangays.

Among the cities (excluding Cebu City, Lapu-Lapu City, and Mandaue City) and municipalities in the region, the largest in terms of population size is the City of Talisay, Cebu with 227,645 persons. It was followed by Toledo City, Cebu (170,335) and Danao City, Cebu (136,471). The rest of the top ten most populous cities/municipalities in Region VII are located in the provinces of Cebu and Bohol. Refer to Table 5.

Table 5. Top Ten Most Populous Cities*/Municipalities: Region VII – Central Visayas, 2015

RankCity/MunicipalityProvincePopulation
1City of TalisayCebu227,645
2Toledo CityCebu170,335
3Danao CityCebu136,471
4MinglanillaCebu132,135
5ConsolacionCebu131,528
6City of CarcarCebu119,664
7LiloanCebu118,753
8City of NagaCebu115,750
9Tagbilaran CityBohol105,051
10BalambanCebu87,177
Excluding Cebu City, Lapu-Lapu City, and Mandaue City

Enrique Villanueva in Siquijor is the least populous city/municipality in Region VII with 6,104 persons. It was followed by Sikatuna (6,726), Corella (8,479), and San Isidro (8,744) – all in the province of Bohol. Four other municipalities in the province of Bohol and two municipalities in the province of Cebu comprise the rest of the ten least populous cities/municipalities in the region. See Table 6.

Table 6. Ten Least Populous Cities*/Municipalities:
Region VII – Central Visayas, 2015

RankCity/MunicipalityProvincePopulation
1Enrique VillanuevaSiquijor6,104
2SikatunaBohol6,726
3CorellaBohol8,479
4San IsidroBohol8,744
5AlbuquerqueBohol10,540
6SevillBohol10,661
7TudelaCebu11,296
8PilarCebu11,308
9LilaBohol12,257
10BatuanBohol12,767
Excluding Cebu City, Lapu-Lapu City, and Mandaue City

Of the 2,446 barangays in Region VII, the largest in terms of population size is Guadalupe in Cebu City, Cebu with 61,238 persons. It was followed by Basak in Lapu-Lapu City, Cebu (59,873) and Lahug (Pob.) in Cebu City, Cebu (38,584). The rest of the top ten most populous barangays in Region VII are located in Cebu City and Lapu-Lapu City. Refer to Table 7.

Table 7. Top Ten Most Populous Barangays: Region VII – Central Visayas, 2015

RankBarangayCity/Municipality/ProvincePopulation
1GuadalupeCebu City, Cebu61,238
2BasakLapu-Lapu City, (Opon), Cebu59,873
3Lahug (Pob.)Cebu City, Cebu38,584
4TisaCebu City, Cebu37,766
5Basak San NicolasCebu City, Cebu35,422
6LabangonCebu City, Cebu33,477
7MactanLapu-Lapu City (Opon), Cebu33,465
8MambalingCebu City, Cebu32,564
9TalambanCebu City, Cebu32,139
10Gun-obLapu-Lapu City, (Opon), Cebu31,219

Source: Philippine Statistics Authority – Population of Region VII – Central Visayas (Based on the 2015 Census of Population)
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