Census

The census taker of the on-going population count in the country has finally arrived in our house last Saturday.

I checked the census form and I immediately reacted to an error in it. It placed Davao City under the Province of Davao del Sur.

Davao City was chartered in 1936 and it is very much older than the province which was created only in 1967 when the old Davao Province was divided into three. The two other provinces were Davao Oriental and Davao del Norte. The latter was also subsequently split into Davao Province and Compostela Valley.

Davao City is a highly-urbanized local government unit similar to many cities in Metro Manila and is not under or a component city of any province.

Unless this error is immediately corrected, the current efforts to gather new statistics would be flawed, to say the least, as it lumps together the data of the city with that of Davao del Sur.

(6:41 a.m)

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