Daraga Town Leads in Bicol 2003 Income

Savvy, creative and resourceful town executives create opportunities and do not just wait for one.

In 2003, 48 (or 44.86%) out of 107 towns of Bicol earned P35M or more which totalled to P2,400,584,608. These annual earnings accounted for 62.486% share of the region’s gross income of P3,481,757,390.

Positioned in rank #1 is Albay province’s premiere town of Daraga with annual income of P108,615,847. Daet, the capital town of Camarines Norte earned P79,165,000 and ranked 2nd. Another town of Camarines Norte, Labo, had annual earnings of P78,378,000 and ranked 3rd.

Big town Libmanan of Camarines Sur with earnings of P71,331,958 was ranked 4rth. The provincial capitals of Pili (Camarines sur) and Virac (Catanduanes) earned P63,118,886 and P59,779,000 respectively, to earn the rank of 6th and 9th.

The town of Aroroy (Masbate) earned P59,986,000 and settled for 8th. Calabanga which is 4rth in Camarines Sur ranking settled for the 13th place. Making the cut at 48th is Matnog, Sorsogon with P35.2M earnings.

We prepared the table below, complete with the towns’ ranking by provincial and regional levels, composed of 9 towns from Albay, 8 from Camarines Norte, 13 from Camarines Sur, 1 from Catanduanes, 9 from Masbate, and 8 from Sorsogon.

Rank by Region Rank By Province Province Municipality Annual Income in Pesos
1 1 Albay Daraga 108,615,847
2 1 Camarines Norte Daet 79,165,000
3 2 Camarines Norte Labo 78,878,000
4 1 Camarines Sur Libmanan 71,331,958
5 2 Albay Guinobatan 64,741,846
6 2 Camarines Sur Pili 63,118,886
7 3 Albay Polangui 61,287,907
8 1 Masbate Aroroy 59,986,000
9 1 Catanduanes Virac 59,779,000
10 4 Albay Libon 57,476,219
11 5 Albay Tiwi* 55,932,153
12 3 Camarines Sur Buhi 55,312,000
13 4 Camarines Sur Calabanga 54,564,000
14 6 Albay Oas 54,554,289
15 1 Sorsogon Bulan* 54,369,000
16 5 Camarines Sur Nabua 53,840,000
17 6 Camarines Sur Tinambac* 53,099,171
18 7 Camarines Sur Sipocot 52,480,000
19 2 Sorsogon Pilar 51,731,000
20 8 Camarines Sur Ragay 51,526,970
21 3 Camarines Norte Santa Elena 50,704,069
22 2 Masbate Milagros 50,116,000
23 7 Albay Camalig 49,138,661
24 9 Camarines Sur Lagonoy 46,358,000
25 4 Camarines Norte Jose Panganiban 46,158,000
26 10 Camarines Sur Bula 45,677,624
27 3 Masbate Cataingan 45,484,000
28 4 Masbate Cawayan 45,409,802
29 3 Sorsogon Castilla 45,125,000
30 8 Albay Bacacay 44,631,537
31 4 Sorsogon Irosin 43,417,411
32 5 Sorsogon Juban 40,284,259
33 5 Camarines Norte Mercedes 39,886,000
34 6 Camarines Norte Paracale 39,866,000
35 5 Masbate Uson 39,426,000
36 6 Masbate Placer 39,347,740
37 11 Camarines Sur Baao 39,315,000
38 12 Camarines Sur Pasacao 39,016,261
39 13 Camarines Sur Caramoan 38,957,000
40 7 Camarines Norte Vinzons 38,568,000
41 8 Camarines Norte Basud 38,012,000
42 6 Sorsogon Donsol 37,303,281
43 7 Sorsogon Gubat* 37,146,622
44 7 Masbate San Pascual* 36,640,728
45 9 Albay Malilipot 35,935,070
46 8 Masbate Claveria* 35,920,555
47 9 Masbate Mandaon 35,727,000
48 8 Sorsogon Matnog 35,223,742

Looking back in the year 2002, there were 43 towns that earned P35M or more. The list is topped by Albay’s Daraga town with earnings of P87M, followed by Camarines Norte’s capital town of Daet with income of PP77.8M and Camarines Sur’s Libmanan with annual income of P68.2M.

Catanduanes’ town of Virac earned P61.5M and Masbate province’s Cawayan town earned P60.9M ranked 5th. Pili earned P59.6M for rank 7 while Calabanga at P52.2M ranked 14th. Bottom of the list is Pasacao town of Camarines Sur with P35.5M annual income.

The table below include 7 towns from Albay, 7 from Camarines Norte, 12 from Camarines Sur, 1 from catanduanes, 10 from Masbate, 6 from Sorsogon. The 43 towns had a total annual income of P2,058,118,376 or 58.277% out of the region’s total of P3,531,556,573.

Rank by Region Rank By Province Province Municipality Annual Income in Pesos
1 1 Albay Daraga 87,269,733
2 1 Camarines Norte Daet 77,875,282
3 1 Camarines Sur Libmanan 68,258,490
4 1 Catanduanes Virac 61,151,000
5 1 Masbate Cawayan 60,901,486
6 2 Albay Guinobatan 60,101,346
7 2 Camarines Sur Pili 59,602,437
8 3 Albay Polangui 57,865,525
9 2 Masbate Aroroy 56,815,000
10 4 Albay Tiwi* 55,932,153
11 2 Camarines Norte Labo 55,247,781
12 1 Sorsogon Bulan* 54,369,000
13 3 Camarines Sur Tinambac 53,099,171
14 4 Camarines Sur Calabanga 52,220,168
15 5 Albay Oas 51,347,067
16 5 Camarines Sur Buhi 51,153,000
17 6 Camarines Sur Sipocot 49,387,000
18 3 Masbate Milagros 49,312,000
19 2 Sorsogon Pilar 48,409,000
20 7 Camarines Sur Ragay 47,460,649
21 6 Albay Libon* 45,947,550
22 7 Albay Camalig 44,816,079
23 3 Camarines Norte Santa Elena 44,421,295
24 4 Camarines Norte Jose Panganiban 43,431,630
25 4 Masbate Cataingan 43,406,000
26 8 Camarines Sur Lagonoy 43,244,227
27 9 Camarines Sur Bula 42,938,606
28 5 Camarines Norte Mercedes 39,167,872
29 3 Sorsogon Irosin 38,810,721
30 4 Sorsogon Castilla 38,808,000
31 5 Masbate Placer 37,803,350
32 6 Camarines Norte Paracale 37,636,000
33 10 Camarines Sur Baao 37,514,000
34 11 Camarines Sur Caramoan 37,344,127
35 5 Sorsogon Gubat* 37,146,622
36 6 Masbate San Pascual 36,640,728
37 7 Camarines Norte Vinzons 36,149,570
38 6 Sorsogon Donsol 36,145,400
39 7 Masbate Claveria 35,920,555
40 8 Masbate Palanas 35,901,000
41 9 Masbate Uson 35,901,000
42 10 Masbate Mandaon 35,651,725
43 12 Camarines Sur Pasacao 35,595,030

In 2001, Camarines Norte’s provincial capital of Daet topped the list with earnings of P92.8M followed by Albay’s Daraga with P68M. Labo ranked 3rd, followed by Tiwi (Albay), Bulan (Sorsogon), Pili (Camarines Sur). Aroroy, Masbate earned P48.6M for rank 8th. Calabanga with earnings of P44.6M was on the 13th.

The 31 towns on this list earned a total of P1,412,441,343 which is 46.449% of the region’s total of P3,040,836,548. LGUs included are 8 towns from Albay, 4 from Camarines Norte, 11 from Camarines Sur, 4 from Masbate, 3 from Sorsogon, 1 from Catanduanes.

Rank by Region Rank By Province Province Municipality Annual Income in Pesos
1 1 Camarines Norte Daet 92,848,316
2 1 Albay Daraga 68,044,077
3 2 Camarines Norte Labo 63,896,188
4 2 Albay Tiwi 55,932,153
5 1 Sorsogon Bulan 54,369,000
6 1 Camarines Sur Pili 49,967,576
7 3 Albay Guinobatan 49,224,967
8 1 Masbate Aroroy 48,692,000
9 1 Catanduanes Virac 46,949,804
10 2 Camarines Sur Nabua 46,239,805
11 4 Albay Libon 45,947,550
12 5 Albay Polangui 45,689,069
13 3 Camarines Sur Calabanga 44,659,532
14 4 Camarines Sur Ragay 44,535,892
15 5 Camarines Norte Santa Elena 43,327,657
16 5 Camarines Sur Buhi 42,140,020
17 2 Sorsogon Pilar 41,798,600
18 6 Camarines Sur Sipocot 40,241,500
19 6 Albay Bacacay 40,023,553
20 2 Masbate Milagros 39,886,727
21 7 Camarines Sur Libmanan 39,188,170
22 7 Albay Oas 38,516,312
23 3 Camarines Norte Jose Panganiban 38,272,049
24 8 Camarines Sur Tinambac 38,176,804
25 3 Sorsogon Gubat 37,146,622
26 3 Masbate Cawayan 37,038,991
27 8 Albay Camalig 36,747,113
28 9 Camarines Sur Lagonoy 36,424,879
29 10 Camarines Sur Goa 35,882,525
30 11 Camarines Sur Bula 35,551,527
31 4 Masbate Cataingan 35,082,365

Based on the above tables covering the years 2001, 2002 and 2003, provincial capital towns have very good chances of earning more than any town in their respective province, like Virac and Daet.

Provinces like Albay, Masbate and Sorsogon has provincial capitals which are now component cities. In this case, other towns rise to the occasion and become commercial/business center in their own right.

More than these, the economic progress of LGus rests upon the effectiveness of elected officials. Savvy, creative and resourceful town executives create opportunities and do not just wait for one. There will be more shake-up and surprises, perhaps, on the following years.

(This is fifth part of the series on Bicol towns, cities and provinces annual income that Cbanga360(dot)Net will run as a series. To be continued.)


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