Rich Towns, Poor Towns of RP

Cloudy day and partial view of the metro area as seen from Sumulong hi-way in Antipolo city.

They are the cream of an elite group unto themselves. If they are human, they could be living “la vida loca.” But since they are neither, then they could be comparable to virtual money machines, search engine optimized, sucks every single centavo that comes near their sphere.

They are a source of envy to many, too. They don’t launder money but simply stay put as source of good financial juice that keeps a good squeeze of annual income into the coffers. They are the rich 18 towns of the country in 2005, which earned between P200M and P607M. These towns’ total earnings for the year was P6.198B.

The list is topped by San Juan (became a city on June 16, 2007) with a minuscule land area of 7.77 square kilometers, its being located in Metro Manila was a positive factor for making money more than any other town hereabout.

Not surprising enough, majority of these LGUs gain the enviable benefit of being within the sphere of economic influence of mega Manila with 4 from Rizal province, 3 from Laguna, 6 from Cavite, and 2 from Bulacan.

Two municipalities which are considerably far from the metro made it to the list: Bauan (Batangas) and Mauban (Quezon).

Some of these towns are now cities like Navotas, with a land area of 10.77 sq. km (10th on the list, Metro Manila) gained city status on June 24, 2007; Binan (3rd, Laguna) was converted into a city on February 5, 2010.

Then, Dasmarinas (4th, Cavite, with land area of 90.10 sq. km. gained city status on November 25, 2009; Meycauayan (9th, Bulacan) with land area of 32.10 sq. km. converted into a city December 10, 2006.


Nationwide RankProvinceMunicipalityAnnual Income


Metro ManilaSan Juan2005650,136,000
6CaviteGen. Trias2005387,409,304
10Metro ManilaNavotas2005323,733,627
16LagunaSan Pedro2005236,973,015


Lucky thirteen towns followed the lead group with earnings that ranged from +P150M but lower than P200M. Mati (Davao Oriental) was the lone Mindanao town that came in the 30th place.

Formerly converted to a city but was reverted together with fifteen others after the final decision of the Supreme Court. Except for Sual (Pangasinan), Nasugbo and Sto. Tomas (Batangas), the rest in the group are within the Central Luzon region.


Nationwide RankProvinceMunicipalityAnnual Income
19BulacanSta. Maria2005188,738,000
22Nueva EcijaPantabangan2005180,121,648
23BatangasSto. Tomas2005180,101,947
30Davao OrientalMati2005153,304,260
31Nueva VizcayaAlfonso Castañeda2005150,783,600


The top earning Bicol towns are listed on the 32nd (Daet, Camarines Norte), 39th, Labo (Camarines Norte), 50th (Daraga, Albay), 158th (Libmanan, Camarines Sur), 164 (Bulan, Sorsogon), 200th (Guinobatan, Albay), 212th (Pilar, Sorsogon), 213th (Pili, Camarines sur), 228th (Polangui, Albay), 241st (Aroroy, Masbate), 243rd (Tiwi, Albay),.

Then, 247th (Calabanga, Camarines Sur), 262nd (Virac, Catanduanes), 287th (Nabua, Camarines Sur), 288th (Buhi, Camarines Sur), 300th (Libon, Albay), 304th (Oas, Albay), 316th (Sipocot, Camarines sur), 329th (Milagros, Masbate), 335th (Tinambac, Camarines Sur), 350th (Ragay, Camarines sur), 360th (Camalig, Albay).

There were 1,501 municipalities in 2005, with the newly created town of Lumbaca Unayan (Lanao del Sur) on the bottom;  Baleno (1,498th- Masbate);  Gainza (1,469th- Camarines Sur);  San Vicente (1,428th- Camarines Norte), Bombon (1,411th- Camarines Sur); Panganiban (1,400th- Catanduanes); Batuan (1,398th- Masbate).

(Starting this 10th instalment blog post of the series on annual incomes of Bicol LGUs, we go outside the confines of the region and check out other LGUs beyond the confines of Bicol region. To be continued.)


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