Cordillera Governance: Not Doing Bad At All

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.


9 thoughts on “Cordillera Governance: Not Doing Bad At All”

  1. Well done Cordillera! 🙂

    Thanks for the info abt NV and the rest of the Cordi. It’s encouraging to know that our public servants are doing what they’re supposed to do. My little town of Kayapa is doing quite well, I guessed although it has a looonnnggggggg way to go pa bago mapasali sa listahan ng mga maunlad na munisipalidad! Latebloomer kase! Paano eh yung ‘gobyerno’ niya ng mahigit 40 years eh ‘nagpalaki lang ng tiyan!’

  2. hi Bill, did you received any message from your e mail about an article that is disgusting to the filipinos? or any article you read about it? I was so surprised upon reading it and i can’t timpi timpi to blow the authors nose..hehehe.. i have posted it on my forum under general board at URL
    About naman sa topic on board, it’s nice to the Kalingas to be a part of it……not only the Kalingas but to all Cordillerans…

  3. I am just wondering in governance here in Kalinga, maybe those reports are all falsified if it is in Kalingas not the Cordilleras..Don’t you know that they can picture Asin roads and make reports that it is Tanudan to Mt. Province road? the mayor of tanudan is my third degree cousin but so what i am just telling the truth…The americans have landed on the moon but the people of tanudan have not yet been reach by the road..sory mga kailian but we are dealing with facts..anya ngay kagura yu manen syak tatta?sang alaws..mabasa u kuma tapno ag riing kayo..

  4. Hi Ferri,
    LOL about the gobyernong nagpalaki ng tiyan. Late bloomer ba ang Kayapa? Baka nga mas improved kayo kesa sa amin eh.

    Hi Nats,
    As I wrote in the Kalinga Tambayan board, whoever wrote that letter must really hate Filipinos or one who has a very twisted sense of humor. But the author is not Art Bell but someone who just used his name.

    Ay kasdiay, that’s very interesting about the Tanudan-Mt. Province road kuno na litrato pala ng Asin road. Anya met daytan. Very funny and also very sad.

  5. I saw in TV partrol(last week ata) that Benguet and Apayao are included in the top ten most well-governed provinces. Hindi nga lang sinabi ang ranking… basta yun. Dun din ata sa link galing ang report nila.

    Kasali ba ang Baguio kapag ginagaw nila ang mga ganito sa Benguet? Sa pagkakaalam ko independent ang Baguio from Benguet pero baka isinasama na rin nila.

  6. i’ve been looking for the latest NCRB survey results – the one which was discussed by the rnb bontoc personnel but i just coudn’t find it. anyway, this 2005 release could serve as the next best guide, while we are waiting for the real thing which could be released “subject to the availability of funds” as is always the case.:-)

  7. hi betelnut, the nscb excluded data of chartered cities (like baguio city in benguet) in the computation of GGI since these cities act independently from the provinces…

    to blog owner & posters: thanks for your interest in statistics!

  8. Hi Pagano,
    Thanks for that link. Interesting findings, no? Might blog about it some time.

    Hi Anon,
    Thanks for answering Betelnut’s query. It does make sense to not mix Baguio City with Benguet. As you said, these are independent local government units.

    We actually like statistics, kind of make a living out of it 🙂

  9. Thanks for the clarification.
    I’m getting a bit confused sometimes. Kasi I;ve seen some datas where Baguio becomes included in the list…even though I know that Baguio is independent of Benguet…

    Makaulaw. Hay

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