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Single males outnumber single females by 3 to 2 in Eastern Visayas

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There are more single males than females in Eastern Visayas, indicating that the former is more concerned with finding jobs than looking for spouse.

Report from the Philippine Statistics Authority (PSA) released Wednesday showed that based on the data from the 2015 population survey there are 1.53 million singles — 10 years old and over — in the region.

The population count is being carried out every five years.

Of the total, 859,969 are men (56 percent) and 673,043 are women (44 percent).

The region has 3.43 million population for 10 years old and above with 1.20 million married, 166,032 widowed, 52,638 divorced, 475,428 living-in, and 801 have unknown marital status.

“Of the total population 10 years and over, 44.7 percent were never married while 35.1 percent were married,” said PSA Eastern Visayas Regional Director Wilma Perante in a statement.

National Economic and Development Authority (NEDA) Regional Director Bonifacio Uy believes that being single has something to do with economic status of single males.

“There are economic reasons behind because single males want to be more prepared financially before marriage,” Uy said in a mobile phone interview Wednesday.

The NEDA official’s view is backed by PSA data saying that more females are dependent (68.9 percent) than males (65 percent). This means that more males are breadwinners, making employment a priority over marriage.

Such is the case of Ramil Lumantao, 42, a fisherman from the coastal village of San Roque, Tanauan, Leyte, who has never been married. All his three sisters have families of their own while he assumed the responsibility of supporting his elderly parents.

“I’m afraid to marry someone since my income from fishing is very unstable due to high cost of fuel and frequent bad weather,” Lumantao shared.

Last year, the bachelor asked her girlfriend to marry him, but the 22-year-old girl rejected the proposal, citing age gap and meager income as the reasons.

This Valentine’s Day, Lumantao has stopped thinking of dating someone since his primary concern is how to find money to buy food. Rough seas due to Tropical Depression “Basyang” prevented him to go fishing since Monday.

In the Philippines, Valentine’s is a big celebration among lovers.

Restaurants have special Valentine’s setup for dating couples. Chocolates and flowers are widely available as gifts to special someone. (PNA)