Population

 

The historical growth of population in the Municipality of Cordova from 1903 up to 2012 has been described as dramatic. The table below will best describe the population growth trend:

 

Year Population

Increase/Decrease 

Percent Increase/

Survey Period 

Average Yearly

Increase 

Percent Yearly

Increase 

Average Growth

Rate 

1903 5,315

 

 

 

 

 

1918 5,798

483

9.09

32

.61

.58

1939 6,677

879

15.16

42

.72

.67

1948 7,116

439

6.57

49

.73

.71

1960 9,298

2,182

30.66

182

2.56

2.25

1970 12,538

3,240

34.85

324

3.48

3.03

1975 14,101

1,563

12.47

313

2.49

2.38

1980 16,455

2,354 

16.69 

471 

3.34 

3.14 

1985 18,064 

1,609 

9.78 

322 

1.96 

1.88 

1990 22,331 

4,267 

23.62 

853 

4.72 

4.33 

1995 26,613 

4,282 

19.18 

856 

3.84 

3.57 

2000 34,032 

7,419 

27.87 

1,483 

5.58

5.04

2007 45,066 

11,034 

32.42 

1,576 

4.63

4.09 

2010 50,353

5,287

11.73 

1,762

 3.91

3.77 

2012 53,322

2,969

5.90

1,485

2.95

2.91

2015 59,712

6,390

11.98

2,130

3.99

3.84

2016 61,262

10,909

21.67

2,182

 4.33

4.0

 

The population explosion in Cordova started in 1990 wherein the highest Average Growth Rate of 4.33% was recorded.  This could likely be closely associated with the boom of industrialization in Mactan Export Processing Zone (MEPZ) in the nearby Lapu-Lapu City.  Inhabitants from the rest of the Province of Cebu who working in MEPZ have opted to reside within the Municipality of Cordova.

 

        In 1970, Cordova tallied a population of 12,538, with Barangay Poblacion being the most concentrated in terms of   habitation, with a population 3,060.

 

        In 1980, the census count in Cordova was 16,455.  It had increased by more or less 33%.  In 1990, the population increased to 22,331, which is equivalent to 35%.  In 2000, the population in Cordova reached 34,032, in 2007, it was 45,066, and in 2010 it reached 50,353.

 

       The population figures by Barangay is illustrated hereunder: 

 

Population Figures by Barangay (1970-2012)

 

Barangay Enumerated Census Population
  1970

1980

1990 2000 2005 2007 2010 2012
Alegria 835 1060  1480  2,138  2,517  2,091  2,874  2,719 
Bangbang 606  841  1434  2242  2640  3827 4325  4781 
Buagsong 871 1239  1491  2192 2580  2804  3350  3645 
Catarman 742  1513  1835  2638  3106  3941  3741 4302 
Cogon 669 1102  1414  2004  2360  2,284  2,585  2,620 
Dapitan 750 913  1,199  2,012  2,369  2,815  2,993  2,875 
Day-as 1163  1466  1724  2,618  3,083  3,189  3,617  3,954 
Gabi 983 1154  1446  2,329  2,742  3,077  3,478  3,412 
Gilutongan 440 514  715  1,149  1,353  1,256  1,442  1,543 
Ibabao 967  1335  2170  3,573  4,207  5,921  6,949  8,176 
Pilipog 1452  1152  1489  2,326  2,739 3,344  3,642  3,854 
San Miguel   844  1201  1,996  2.350  2,557  2,754 3,116 
Poblacion 3060 3320  4728  6,815  8,197  7,960  8,603  8,325 
MUNICIPALITY  12,538 16,453  22,326  34,032  40,242  45,066  50,353  53,322 

* San Miguel was part of Pilipog in 1970.
Source: National Census and Statistics Office

Religion and Education

  Cordova residents are predominantly Roman Catholic with less than five percent (5%) of the population belonging to other Christian sects. 

 

In terms of education, ninety-four per cent of adult respondents (21 years old and above) had some form of education while only 2 % reported having none. Of those who reported receiving some form of education, 75 % reached only elementary and high school while 23 % reported having reached or finished college.

 

Barangays San Miguel, Buagsong and Gilutongan have the smallest proportion of respondents reporting college attendance. Poblacion has the largest proportion of the population reporting both college and postgraduate education. On the other hand, Bangbang, Gilutongan and Cogon have more than five per cent of the total respondents who reported not having received any schooling at all. At the same time there is also no evidence of substantial disparity between the level of educational 12 attainment between genders as shown in the chart below. 

 

Socio-cultural Aspects

The highlight to the socio-cultural endeavors of the Cordovanhons is the holding of the Cordova Dinagat Festival, an annual festivity celebrated on the occasion of the town’s fiesta in honor of the miraculous patron saint, Sr. San Roque.  It is a dance-drama mardigras depicting the fishing culture and lifestyles of the Cordovanhons.  It had started in 1999 and had continued up to the present.  For years, it had given an amusement and a different level of excitement to the local and foreign tourists.