MANILA – The Quezon City government appealed to the Philippine Statistics Authority (PSA) to investigate and validate its 2020 census that showed that the city’s population grew by 23,932 only from 2015 to 2020.
The 2020 PSA census indicated that there was only a 0.17 percent rise in QC’s population -- from 2,936,116 to 2,960,048 in a span of five years.
Mayor Joy Belmonte, in a statement issued on Thursday, said the data is far from projections by statisticians that QC’s population will increase by 1.17 percent or to 3.112 million.
“Napaka-imposible ng resulta ng census na ito. Paanong nangyari na ganun lang ang itinaas ng aming populasyon, na malayung-malayo sa datos na nakalap ng aming (This census result is impossible. How is it that the city’s population only grew that small which is very far from our data gathered by our) Civil Registry Department?” she said.
She said based on the city’s latest record, there were 333,468 registered births and 115,810 deaths from 2015 to 2020.
“Even if you subtract the deaths, we have a difference of more than 200,000. Wala naman nangyaring mass exodus ng mga QCitizens mula sa aming lungsod in the last five years sa pagkakaalam namin (There has been no mass exodus of our residents in the last five years),” Belmonte said.
She said wrong data will have an impact on the social services provided by the city government to its constituents.
“Kawawa ang mga maliliit na barangay at kanilang mga residente. Mababawasan ang kanilang pondo pero ang katotohanan ay napakarami nila sa komunidad (The small barangays will eventually suffer. Their funds will be slashed but the truth is, their number in the community is increasing),” she said. (PNA)