Premier Provinces of the Philippines in 2005

The ills of urbanization- unplanned settlements sprout in the outskirts of Metro Manila. Here is a street scene of Taytay, province of Rizal. What street? That

In our continuing presentation of the annual income of Bicol LGUs we take a look at how they compare  in rank with others.

The province of Rizal earned +P1.3B for fiscal year of 2005. Quite remarkable considering that many of its premier and urban towns were chopped from its jurisdiction when the National Capital region was created.

The remaining Rizal towns are now enjoying progress, in terms of income, facing problems on traffic congestion, over population and urban homelessness as well. These towns follow the urbanization-effect engulfing the Metro Manila cities.

There were 10 provinces that made over P1B in our reference year, topped by Bulacan and Cebu. Nueva Ecija made it to the list on the 10th. Only two provinces from the Visayas made it to top ten, all others were in Luzon and none from Mindanao.

Review the reference table here:

1Region IIIBulacan1,541,913,000
2Region VIICebu1,437,170,457
3Region IV-ARizal1,301,117,460
4Region IV-ALaguna1,274,622,876
5Region IV-ACavite1,247,327,809
6Region IPangasinan1,238,853,368
7Region VINegros Occidental1,221,754,460
8Region IV-AQuezon1,109,649,702
9Region IV-ABatangas1,082,353,870
10Region IIINueva Ecija1,013,389,000


Twenty five provinces earned between P510M plus and less than P1B. Camarines Sur lists on the 28th over all while Albay was on the 31st. Not on the table are: Masbate (43rd), Sorsogon (48th), and Camarines Norte (61st).

Check the able here:

11Region XBukidnon992,139,225
12Region IIIsabela944,361,000
13Region VIIloilo922,442,860
14Region VIIILeyte847,702,423
15Region IV-BPalawan835,368,751
16Region XIINorth Cotabato834,371,898
17Region IIIBataan819,406,439
18Region IXZamb. Del Norte819,081,754
19Region IIIPampanga799,614,400
20Region VIINegros Oriental755,675,147
21Region IICagayan741,342,000
22Region IIlocos Sur670,465,831
23CARAGAAgusan Del Sur667,483,599
24Region VIIBohol656,628,598
25Region XIILanao Del Sur656,092,150
26Region XIISultan Kudarat629,403,428
27Region IIITarlac622,500,136
28Region VCamarines Sur602,759,000
29Region ILa Union568,949,044
30Region IIlocos Norte563,247,244
31Region VAlbay*555,576,801
32Region XIIMaguindanao545,678,205
33Region XICompostela Valley523,457,958
34Region IXZamb. Del Sur520,517,155
35Region XIDavao Del Norte510,217,872


Ten low-income provinces. Quite interesting, eight of these are small island(s)-provinces in terms of area and population. Bicol’s Catanduanes is 8th on the list and 72nd on over-all listing. The two non-island are landlocked Mt. Province and Ifugao, both of the Cordillera Administrative Region.

70Region IV-BRomblon264,810,208
72Region VCatanduanes259,960,600
73CARMt. Province246,232,280
74Region IV-BMarinduque231,018,277
75Region VIGuimaras186,483,070
76Region VIIIBiliran175,466,869
77Region VIISiquijor167,890,929
78Region XCamiguin155,597,802
79Region IIBatanes133,098,000


Twenty one provinces showed success in sound fiscal management with savings between P101M up to +P413M at the end of the year. Rizal and Nueva Vizcaya were on top. Visayan island-province of Bohol was on the 21st.

1Region IV-ARizal413,084,863
2Region IINueva Vizcaya284,967,000
3Region XIISultan Kudarat273,655,136
4Region IV-AQuezon267,848,730
5Region VIICebu262,805,553
6Region IIINueva Ecija227,975,000
7Region IV-ABatangas227,064,942
8Region IV-BPalawan202,469,525
9Region IIIsabela200,017,000
10Region IPangasinan180,891,497
11Region IIITarlac150,084,969
12Region XICompostela Valley149,560,343
13Region IIIPampanga147,556,583
14Region VIIILeyte124,272,651
15Region IXZamb. Del Sur121,673,508
16Region IIIBataan121,046,617
17CARAGASurigao Del Norte120,967,072
18Region XIDavao Oriental117,411,785
19Region VIINegros Oriental111,099,484
20CARAGASurigao Del Sur110,264,281
21Region VIIBohol101,594,789


The bottom provinces saving less and then nothing.  Three provinces went on the red at the end of the fiscal year topped by Laguna with P88M+ as  Quirino saved over P8M.

RankRegionProvinceSavings/ Deficit
1Region IV-ALaguna-86,734,451
2CARAGAAgusan Del Sur-66,558,616
3Region XIISouth Cotabato-42,077,527
4Region VIIISouthern Leyte-5,294,189
5Region IXZamboanga Sibugay1,742,947
6Region IIIAurora5,300,630
7Region IXBasilan5,523,684
8Region IXSulu*7,545,524
9Region IIQuirino8,169,000


To be continued.


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