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Fun with Numbers: Population Swap

Metro Manila. Nearly 13% of the entire Philippine population live here. In fact, 10 cities here are among the top 50 cities in the world with the largest population density. (Manila, the nation’s capital, is at #1!)

But what if, suddenly, all the residents of a Metro Manila city/municipality magically swapped with those of a province with almost the same population?

Besides the “culture shock” that would ensue in both camps, here’s how that scenario would look like in Metro Manila:

Switching Populations: Metro Manila

And here are the “new homes” of Metro Manila residents:

Switching Populations: Provinces

All population figures are from the 2010 Census of the National Statistics Office (NSO). Blank maps used here are from Wikimedia Commons.

For comparison: the total land area of Metro Manila is 638.55 km2, roughly the size of Dinagat Islands (at 604.57 km2), the 7th smallest province.

Meanwhile, the total land area of the selected provinces (and regions… and city) is around 90,000 km2, or 30% of the entire land area of the Philippines.

It’s interesting to note that arranging these provinces by size, Palawan (the largest in the country) is followed by Occidental Mindoro, the 15th largest.

You might say: Wait. Angeles City in Pampanga is obviously not a province.

I selected that because there is no province having a population closest to Mandaluyong City (with 328,699 people). The population of Romblon (283,930) would not match. Neither that of the next largest province, Tawi-Tawi (366,650), which closely resembles the population of another Metro city, Malabon (353,337).

The same reason goes to the Cordillera Administrative Region (CAR) and Region IV-B, which are technically, groups of provinces. They could play “host” to the people of Manila and Quezon City, respectively.

Here are more details about the “population swap”:

Metro Manila city/municipality Population (2010) Swap with region/province/city Population (2010)
Caloocan City (North) 908,394 Lanao del Norte
(and Iligan City)
Caloocan City (South) 580,646 Zamboanga Sibugay 584,685
Las Piñas City 552,573 Surigao del Sur 561,219
Makati City 529,039 Aklan  535,725
Malabon City  353,337 Tawi-Tawi  366,550
Mandaluyong City  328,699 Angeles City  326,336
Manila  1,652,171 Cordillera Administrative Region  1,616,867
Marikina City  424,150 Nueva Vizcaya  421,355
Muntinlupa City  459,941 Surigao del Norte  442,588
Navotas City  249,131 Catanduanes  246,300
Parañaque City  588,126 Northern Samar  589,013
Pasay City  392,869 Basilan
(and Isabela City)
Pasig City 669,773 Compostela Valley  687,195
Pateros  64,147 Camiguin  83,807
Quezon City 2,761,720 Region IV-B   2,744,671
San Juan City 121,430 Dinagat Islands 126,803
Taguig City 644,473 Agusan del Norte
(and Butuan City)
Valenzuela City 575,356 Ilocos Norte 568,017
TOTAL 11,855,975 TOTAL 11,865,244

P.S. Being a Makati resident myself, it wouldn’t be a problem if we switched with Aklan. One boat ride, and we’re in Boracay, baby! xD



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