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:

Rank Region LGU Annual Income
1 NCR Quezon City 8,244,305,590
2 NCR Manila City 7,688,157,363
3 NCR Makati City 7,575,429,476
4 NCR Pasig City 4,138,447,030
5 NCR Kalookan City 3,436,409,585
6 Region XI Davao City 2,841,896,697
7 Region VII Cebu City 2,307,853,741
8 NCR Mandaluyong City 2,077,993,833
9 NCR Parañaque City 1,987,078,995
10 NCR Pasay City 1,696,796,000
11 NCR Muntinlupa City 1,577,915,865
12 NCR Valenzuela City 1,464,960,916
13 Region III Olongapo City 1,458,200,050
14 Region X Cagayan de Oro City 1,451,159,906
15 NCR Marikina City 1,367,892,310
16 NCR Tagig City 1,322,911,000
17 Region IX Zamboanga City 1,321,667,340
18 NCR Las Piñas City 1,223,592,410
19 Region IV-A Batangas City 1,146,577,955
20 Region IV-A Calamba City 1,110,330,982
21 Region IV-B Puerto Princesa City 1,082,442,434
22 Region X Iligan City 1,022,802,43


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).

Rank Region LGU Annula Income
23 Region IV-A Sta. Rosa City 997,875,637
24 Region IV-A Antipolo City 951,998,285
25 Region VI Iloilo City 890,113,310
26 Region XII General Santos City 859,095,604
27 CAR Baguio City 831,818,071
28 NCR Malabon City 775,368,027
29 Region X Malaybalay City 767,857,794
30 Region VI Bacolod City 745,619,390
31 CARAGA Butuan City 742,125,641
32 Region VII Mandaue City 739,021,634
33 Region VIII Ormoc City 685,037,419
34 Region III San Fernando City 676,070,518
35 Region III Angeles City 676,006,795
36 Region III Tarlac City 661,260,849
37 Region VII Lapu-Lapu City 641,712,718
38 Region IV-A Lipa City 628,376,817
39 Region III Cabanatuan City 602,582,423
40 Region II Santiago City 593,618,024
41 Region VIII Tacloban City 547,396,426
42 Region III San Jose del Monte City 530,827,808
43 Region VIII Calbayog City 530,045,898
44 Region IV-A San Pablo City 510,025,861


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.

Rank Region LGU Annual  Income
45 Region XI Tagum City 491,601,382
46 Region VII Bayawan City 482,054,808
47 Region VI Kabankalan City 478,123,900
48 Region V Naga City 466,138,277
49 Region IV-A Lucena City 455,513,021
50 Region IX Pagadian City 453,133,000
51 Region VI San Carlos (Negros Occ.) City 449,192,850
52 Region IV-A Tagaytay City 429,520,547
53 Region V Legaspi City 421,838,151
54 Region IV-A Tanauan City 417,825,919
55 Region VI Cadiz City 411,317,170
56 Region VI Sagay City 406,707,260
57 Region I Urdaneta City 403,048,696


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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