A study by an official of the government’s National Statistical Coordination Board (NSCB) which ranks the country’s 79 provinces in a Good Governance Index shows that our region is not doing bad at all. The Cordillera provinces are actually doing well but some provinces are doing better than others. Note that this study is based from data gathered in 2003. You can read the whole article here.
First, the study looks at Economic Governance which it measures with the following indicators: financial resources generated, tax and non-tax revenue, per capita bank deposits, expenditure on social services, unemployment and underemployment rates, poverty incidence, and poverty gap. It then ranks the country’s top thirty best performing provinces. Four of the six Cordillera provinces are in the top 30:
Here’s an interesting story on how Santa Marcela, Apayao got its name. This story is taken from the town’s website (stamarcela.gov.ph). Sta. Marcela is reportedly the youngest and the smallest municipality of Apayao Province.
Since the May elections is fast approaching, I think it is apt if we give some space to people who will be running after you to beg for your votes. Let us start with Cordillera Congressmen, since we already featured them earlier (here) and we have readily available pictures of them to run through myheritage.com, a website which allows you to look for your celebrity look-alike. That is, if you are so inclined.
I know, I know, Igorots are not into celebrities but this is kinda fun and From the Boondocks, as you all know, is also about the fun stuff.
Let’s continue welcoming the new year and let’s be somewhat literal about it 🙂 Here are pictures of the welcome arches that are usually the first things you see when you enter the Cordillera provinces. Unfortunately, we can’t find photos for Benguet and Kalinga; I know they have welcome arches but no one took the trouble of photographing them and uploading them to the web. Well, we will include said missing welcome arches once we come across pictures of them in the future.