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COTABATO CITY, Philippines -- The population of Maguindanao province in 2010 was almost 400,000 less than that reflected in census data in 2007, the provincial office of the National Statistics Office said.
NSO-Maguindanao’s Razulden Mangelen said the 2007 population of Maguindanao was 1,273,715.
However, the May-June 2010 census showed the province with only 944,718 inhabitants, or 328,997 less people.
According to Mangelen, the NSO-Maguindanao provincial office conducted a series of validation and counter-checking activities to ensure the data was correct and accurate.
Sultan Kudarat municipality, the most populous of Maguindanao’s 36 municipalities, registered a 2007 population of 121,324. However, the 2010 census showed it with only 82,758 residents, or a decrease of 38,476.
Second was the provincial capital, Shariff Aguak, which had 70,340 people in the 2007 census but had only 35,964 inhabitants in 2010 census, or a decrease of 34,376.
The population in Parang town in the 2007 census was 102,247 but in 2010, this went down to 73,247, or a decrease of 29,000.
Mangelen could not explain why the disparity but said a study is still being conducted on the cause of the increased population in 2007.
Local government executives may take exception to the decrease in population because of its impact on the Internal Revenue Allotment their towns will get.