Quezon Tops PH Cities Annual Income for 2006

A common side-street scene in Quezon city and elsewhere in Mega Manila. The poor are filthy poor, the rich are filthy rich.

The city of Quezon has a land area of 166.20 square km. or 64.2 square miles with a population of 2,679,450 or a density of 16,114/km2 (41,735/sq mi). It is roughly the size of the municipality of Calabanga (163.84 sq. km.) in terms of land area.

Imagine the number of people squeezed in a small piece of PH territory. The highly urbanized QC is an epitome of what a city feels and look like in the country. It has many pockets of affluence in a sea of destitute and poverty.

This writer can’t help but add this noted observation on the deliberation of the 2011 PH budget by the congress. The Aquino government slashed by P2.0B the proposed budget of the National Electrification Administration for 2011. What was left was the P5.1 billion for NEA’s operational expenses only.

P2 billion, according to NEA administrator Edith Bueno, can light up to 1,500 sitios for the coming year.

So that the much hyped boast of the government to fully energize the remaining 30,000 sitios (villages that are within barangays) by 2020 in the PH countryside was all brag and talk without action and logistics support after all.

Of course, these sitios are situated outside the sphere of Metro Manila or Mega Manila but in the far-flung towns and provinces the national government officials visit during election time for another round of promises and sweet nothings.

Here’s the silver lining though: Instead, the Aquino government allotted P7.3 billion subsidy for the fare of “poor” Metro Rail transit commuters. Sweet.

Now back to our regular programming.

In our current year of review, QC still topped the list among all cities of the country, big or small, in terms of population and annual income for the year of 2006. Manila and Makati came in close with both registered earnings of over P7.5B pesos.

Four cities from Mindanao- Davao, Cagayan de Oro, Zamboanga and Iligan earned over P1B. The queen city of the south Cebu was the only Visayan in the group of 22.

From twenty in 2005, two more LGUs joined the rank of the elite billionaire-earners.

Interesting to check out the table below which of the LGUs made to the list:

RankRegionLGUAnnual Income
1NCRQuezon City8,244,305,590
2NCRManila City7,688,157,363
3NCRMakati City7,575,429,476
4NCRPasig City4,138,447,030
5NCRKalookan City3,436,409,585
6Region XIDavao City2,841,896,697
7Region VIICebu City2,307,853,741
8NCRMandaluyong City2,077,993,833
9NCRParañaque City1,987,078,995
10NCRPasay City1,696,796,000
11NCRMuntinlupa City1,577,915,865
12NCRValenzuela City1,464,960,916
13Region IIIOlongapo City1,458,200,050
14Region XCagayan de Oro City1,451,159,906
15NCRMarikina City1,367,892,310
16NCRTagig City1,322,911,000
17Region IXZamboanga City1,321,667,340
18NCRLas Piñas City1,223,592,410
19Region IV-ABatangas City1,146,577,955
20Region IV-ACalamba City1,110,330,982
21Region IV-BPuerto Princesa City1,082,442,434
22Region XIligan City1,022,802,43


The second batch of 22 LGUs earned between P500M but less than P1B. Some of the cities in the list will definitely cross over that billion mark in due time, like Santa Rosa (Laguna), Antipolo (Rizal), Iloilo (Visayas) or General Santos (Mindanao).

RankRegionLGUAnnula Income
23Region IV-ASta. Rosa City997,875,637
24Region IV-AAntipolo City951,998,285
25Region VIIloilo City890,113,310
26Region XIIGeneral Santos City859,095,604
27CARBaguio City831,818,071
28NCRMalabon City775,368,027
29Region XMalaybalay City767,857,794
30Region VIBacolod City745,619,390
31CARAGAButuan City742,125,641
32Region VIIMandaue City739,021,634
33Region VIIIOrmoc City685,037,419
34Region IIISan Fernando City676,070,518
35Region IIIAngeles City676,006,795
36Region IIITarlac City661,260,849
37Region VIILapu-Lapu City641,712,718
38Region IV-ALipa City628,376,817
39Region IIICabanatuan City602,582,423
40Region IISantiago City593,618,024
41Region VIIITacloban City547,396,426
42Region IIISan Jose del Monte City530,827,808
43Region VIIICalbayog City530,045,898
44Region IV-ASan Pablo City510,025,861


An extended classification added just to take a peek where Bicol cities stood on the bracket of between +P400M but less than P500M income. LGU’s Naga (48th) and Legazpi (53rd) joined the table.

RankRegionLGUAnnual  Income
45Region XITagum City491,601,382
46Region VIIBayawan City482,054,808
47Region VIKabankalan City478,123,900
48Region VNaga City466,138,277
49Region IV-ALucena City455,513,021
50Region IXPagadian City453,133,000
51Region VISan Carlos (Negros Occ.) City449,192,850
52Region IV-ATagaytay City429,520,547
53Region VLegaspi City421,838,151
54Region IV-ATanauan City417,825,919
55Region VICadiz City411,317,170
56Region VISagay City406,707,260
57Region IUrdaneta City403,048,696


Of the listed 117 PH cities, the remaining 5 Bicol cities ranked as follows: Ligao (93rd), Masbate (100th), Iriga (101st) and Tabaco (116th). The city of Palayan hugged the bottom 117th.

To be continued.


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