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:
- Benguet — 6th
- Kalinga — 13th
- Apayao — 15th
- Mt. Province — 25th
Then the study looks at Administrative Governance measured by the following indicators: total health personnel per thousand population, percentage of live births weighing less than 250 grams, proportion of households with access to safe water, teacher to pupil ratio for elementary schools, number of elementary schools per thousand population, enrolment in government elementary schools per thousand population, cohort survival rate in elementary education, percentage of housing made of strong roofs, percentage of housing made of strong walls, length of national and local roads per thousand population, proportion of energized barangays, and telephone density. Three Cordillera provinces are in the top 30 best performing provinces. They rank as follows:
- Abra — 4th
- Apayao — 11th
- Mt. Province — 29th
Lastly, the study then combines both Economic Governance and Administrative Governance to come up with what it calls the Good Governance Index. Five of the six Cordillera provinces made it to the top 30:
- Benguet — 7th
- Apayao — 9th
- Abra — 15th
- Kalinga — 19th
- Mt. Province — 22nd
So, as I said, we are not doing bad at all. But what the heck happened to Ifugao? Akala ko pa naman it’s one of the better managed Cordillera provinces. Surprisingly, Apayao, the region’s newest province is outperforming its much older siblings. Meanwhile, you might want to check out Pagano’s take on another NSCB study which supposedly ranks Mt. Province among the counry’s poorest provinces.
Note to Ferri: Magaling din province mo. Nueva Vizcaya ranks 11th in Economic Governance, it’s not in the top 30 in Administrative Governance but it ranks 12th in the combined Good Governance Index.