Billionaire Cities of the Philippines in 2005

Boats for rent, waiting for tourists to explore the many wonders of Puerto Princesa city and Palawan province.

There are similarities between the cities of Davao and Puerto Princesa. Both have large land area than any of the cities one can locate in the country. Same cities are outside of Metro Manila.

Before, respective residents claim either of the two LGUs was the biggest in the Philippines in terms of territory covered. Checking their websites and Wikipedia recently, it seems that has been settled with Puerto giving way to Davao.

Puerto’s population of 210,508 is spread over 2,400 square kilometers (926.6 sq. mi. or 253,982 hectares) in urban and green sprawl yet dwarfed by Davao’s 1,363,337 residents within 2,444 sq. km.(or 943.6 sq. mi.). Hence, Davao come out over populated than Puerto, kind of.

Aside from both cities being declared highly urbanized, one more common similarity is on the money side. Both LGUs earn annual income surpassing the P1 billion mark for the year of 2005.

Of the 117 cities of the country, 20 cities earned over +P1 billion in our year of review. The one-time national capital of Quezon topped the list with over P7.37B followed by Manila with P7.12B. The financial capital Makati came in 3rd with P6.32B. On the 20th is Taguig city, the up and coming hip zone in the urban Metro Manila.

Mind twist: Of these 20 cities, 13 are within Metro Manila, 15 from Luzon island, 16 within Luzon and Palawan, 1 (Cebu) in Visayas and 3 from Mindanao.

Check out the table below:

Rank Region LGU Income
1 NCR Quezon City 7,376,391,780
2 NCR Manila City 7,119,823,858
3 NCR Makati City 6,320,644,917
4 NCR Pasig City 3,446,156,247
5 Region XI Davao City 2,757,208,839
6 NCR Kalookan City 2,091,683,285
7 NCR Parañaque City 1,997,001,697
8 Region VII Cebu City 1,929,828,959
9 NCR Mandaluyong City 1,613,031,602
10 NCR Pasay City 1,603,197,000
11 NCR Valenzuela City 1,400,481,522
12 NCR Muntinlupa City 1,364,082,105
13 Region III Olongapo City 1,346,543,855
14 Region IV-B Puerto Princesa City 1,302,100,388
15 NCR Marikina City 1,237,894,340
16 Region IX Zamboanga City 1,176,993,170
17 NCR Las Piñas City 1,119,754,160
18 Region IV-A Calamba City 1,094,639,553
19 Region X Cagayan de Oro City 1,084,366,266
20 NCR Taguig City 1,054,625,140

Half-way to the first billion: We sorted in the table below the cities that earned income between +P500M and almost Pl billion. Cities that come from certain regions of the country accounted for 16 LGUs: 9 from Luzon, 4 from Visayas and the rest from Mindanao.

Here’s the table for that:

Rank Region LGU Income
21 Region IV-A Batangas City 980,417,628
22 Region IV-A Sta. Rosa City 883,888,687
23 Region VI Iloilo City 875,969,910
24 Region IV-A Antipolo City 810,271,684
25 CAR Baguio City 804,985,794
26 Region X Iligan City 777,494,550
27 Region VII Mandaue City 774,296,231
28 Region XII General Santos City 761,062,991
29 CARAGA Butuan City 718,252,211
30 Region VI Bacolod City 705,248,080
31 Region III Angeles City 610,327,706
32 Region VII Lapu-Lapu City 595,020,987
33 NCR Malabon City 570,243,044
34 Region IV-A Lipa City 561,036,688
35 Region II Santiago City 533,255,674
36 Region III Tarlac City 505,438,537

The Bicol cities ranking: Legazpi- 45th; Naga, 53rd; Sorsogon, 75th; Ligao, 95th; Masbate, 103rd; Iriga, 105th; and Tabaco, 113th.

Four cities with income lower than that of Tabaco (P183M) were: Palayan, 117th; Canlaon, 116th; Tangub, 115th; and Vigan, 114th.

Thirteen  cities received an  IRA allotment over P400M:

Rank Region LGU IRA Share
1 NCR Quezon City 1,548,176,820
2 Region XI Davao City 1,480,201,420
3 NCR Manila City 1,154,093,301
4 Region IX Zamboanga City 845,078,830
5 NCR Kalookan City 809,839,047
6 Region IV-B Puerto Princesa City 778,937,122
7 Region VII Cebu City 643,468,211
8 Region X Cagayan de Oro City 485,929,173
9 Region XII General Santos City 484,743,602
10 Region X Iligan City 472,370,555
11 CARAGA Butuan City 464,131,456
12 Region II Santiago City 462,827,454
13 Region IV-A Antipolo City 452,553,291

Good fiscal management.  Thirty one cities which had saved more for the year 2005.

Rank Region LGU Excess/Savings
1 NCR Quezon City 2,580,389,570
2 NCR Makati City 1,839,322,838
3 NCR Manila City 1,217,739,522
4 Region IX Zamboanga City 823,484,520
5 NCR Kalookan City 454,720,417
6 NCR Valenzuela City 403,981,874
7 Region IV-A Calamba City 403,652,891
8 NCR Marikina City 345,209,770
9 Region VII Mandaue City 298,449,357
10 Region VII Cebu City 291,845,242
11 CAR Baguio City 253,000,172
12 NCR Pasay City 231,495,000
13 Region XI Davao City 217,675,304
14 NCR Mandaluyong City 159,938,054
15 Region XII Kidapawan City 147,020,159
16 NCR Las Piñas City 146,812,690
17 Region II Santiago City 142,998,132
18 Region VI Iloilo City 141,636,360
19 Region XII General Santos City 141,040,062
20 Region VI Bacolod City 139,336,330
21 NCR Taguig City 132,508,810
22 Region VI Kabankalan City 123,201,950
23 Region VIII Ormoc City 117,707,817
24 Region VII Bais City 117,005,295
25 Region III San Jose del Monte City 115,903,784
26 Region X Malaybalay City 113,184,542
27 NCR Malabon City 107,048,374
28 NCR Parañaque City 104,599,764
29 Region VIII Calbayog City 102,465,013
30 Region X Valencia City 102,278,492
31 Region IV-A Batangas City 101,013,971

Ten LGUs that incurred deficit for the year of 2005.

Rank Rgion LGU Deficit
1 NCR Pasig City -292,172,725
2 Region X Iligan City -135,335,113
3 Region IV-B Puerto Princesa City -131,408,450
4 Region V Tabaco City* -81,594,347
5 Region III Angeles City -55,769,139
6 Region III Munoz City -32,407,781
7 Region VI La Carlota City -24,567,150
8 Region IV-A Tagaytay City -22,179,476
9 Region VI Silay City -13,566,150
10 Region IX Dapitan City -5,638,872

For other cities not mentioned here, please write us a comment and we will answer individually.

To be continued.

Thanks and photo courtesy of Joann C.

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