POPCEN 2015 Housing Characteristics

Reference No.: SR-201805-0800-15
Date of Release: 5 June 2018

Occupied Housing units in EV reaches 975,625

Results of the 2015 Census of Population (POPCEN) showed that Eastern Visayas had a total occupied housing units of 975,625 as of August 1, 2015.  This is an increase of 13.6 percent or 116,910 housing units over the 858,715 occupied housing units recorded during the 2010 Census of Population and Housing (CPH). 

Leyte (excluding Tacloban City) recorded the highest number of occupied housing units among the provinces with 402,126 housing units or 41.2 percent of the total housing units in the region. Samar ranked second with 162,886 occupied housing units, followed by Northern Samar with 124,909, Eastern Samar with 105,653 and Southern Leyte with 92,405. Biliran recorded the least number of occupied housing units posted at 38,105 (Figure 1).

Tacloban City, the lone Highly Urbanized City (HUC) in the region, recorded a total of 49,541 occupied housing units.

 

There are 101 households per 100 occupied housing units

A total of 975,625 occupied housing units were recorded in Region VIII in 2015.  This resulted to a ratio of 101 households for every 100 occupied housing units or 5 persons per occupied housing unit. The same ratio was reported in 2010.

 

9 in every 10 occupied housing units are single-type houses

Single-type house was the most common type of building/house in Eastern Visayas.  Ninety-four percent of the total occupied housing unit in Eastern Visayas reported this type of building/house. About 4.1 percent were duplex while 1.7 percent were multi-unit residential.  In 2010, single-type house also accounted for 94.0 percent of the total occupied housing units, 3.6 percent were duplex, and 1.5 percent were multi-unit residential.

 

Houses with roofs and walls made of strong materials increases 

Majority or 77.2 percent of the occupied housing units in the region had roofs made of galvanized iron/aluminum. This figure is higher than the 62.4 percent recorded in 2010.  Meanwhile, about three in ten (30.7 percent) of the occupied housing units in the region in 2015 had outer walls made of concrete/brick/stone.  This was higher than the reported proportion in 2010 (29.5 percent). 

 

Almost half of the households live in owned or amortized house and lots

Of the total 985,418 households in 2015, almost half (46.6 percent) owned or amortized the house and lots that they occupied in 2015.  A little over one-third (38.2 percent) of the households occupied houses which they owned but not the lots, they were rent-free with consent of the owner; 6.5 percent owned the houses but rented the lots that they occupied; 4.8 percent lived in rent-free house and lots with consent of the owner; 2.3 percent lived in rented house and lot; 1.5 percent lived in own house and rent-free lot without consent of the owner; and 0.2 percent lived in rent-free house and lot without consent of the owner.

 

Majority of the households use electricity for lighting

Majority or 83.9 percent of the 985,418 households in the region used electricity for lighting. This is higher compared with the proportion of 77.1 percent recorded in 2010.

Households that used kerosene (gaas) for lighting accounted for 13.0, lower than the 21.3 percent reported in 2010.

Solar lamps for lighting were used by about 1.6 percent of the households, while the rest of the categories of fuel for lighting had less than one percent. 

 

3 in every 10 households use shared faucet community water system as main source of drinking water

Of the total 985,418 households in 2015, 31.5 percent used shared faucet community water system as main source of drinking water. The second highest reported source of drinking water was own use faucet community water system which accounted for 18.2 percent of the total households. The rest of the households used the following sources: shared tubed/piped deep well (16.2 percent); bottled water (13.5 percent); dug well (5.7 percent); protected spring (5.0 percent); own use tubed/piped deep well (3.0 percent); tubed/piped shallow well (2.7 percent); peddler (2.0 percent); unprotected spring (1.4 percent); lake, river, rain (0.8 percent); and others (0.1 percent).

 

One third of the households use shared faucet community water system as main source of water for cooking

Of the total 985,418 households in 2015, 33.1 percent used shared faucet community water system as main source of water for cooking. The second highest reported source of water for cooking was own use faucet community water system which accounted for a quarter or 25.4 percent of the total households. The rest of the households used the following sources: shared tubed/piped deep well (17.9 percent); dug well (7.2 percent); own use tubed/piped deep well (4.5 percent); protected spring (4.4 percent); tubed/piped shallow well (3.2 percent); unprotected spring (1.3 percent); peddler (1.1 percent); bottled water (0.9 percent); and lake, river, rain (0.9 percent).

 

SGD. WILMA A. PERANTE
Regional Director

 

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