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  1. Join Date
    Oct 2002
    Read the bottom.... BENGUET daw highest... dami kasi damo eh hehe. Jamaica din hehe


    RP's poorest provinces like those in Africa -- UN study
    Its richest just at par with Jamaica

    First posted 04:15am (Mla time) Oct 26, 2005
    By Volt Contreras
    Inquirer News Service

    Editor's Note: Published on page A1 of the Oct. 26, 2005 issue of the Philippine Daily Inquirer

    THE COUNTRY'S poorest provinces have conditions already approximating those in some African countries, while the most progressive ones are just at par with Jamaica or Turkmenistan.

    A United Nations-sponsored study gave this analogy in ranking the "Top- and Bottom-10" provinces in terms of their Human Development Index, a measure of well-being based on life expectancy, literacy, enrollment ratio and per capita income.

    The 2005 Philippine Human Development Report (PHDR) said the Top 10 provinces were as follows (from highest to lowest): Benguet, Laguna, Batanes, Rizal, Cavite, Nueva Vizcaya, Pampanga, Bataan, Bulacan and Ilocos Norte.

    The bottom-dwellers, in descending order, were Lanao del Sur, Eastern Samar, Western Samar, Sarangani, Zamboanga del Norte, Masbate, Basilan, Tawi-Tawi, Maguindanao and Sulu.

    The 150-page PHDR was released yesterday by the Human Development Network, a non-profit group supported in the project by the United Nations Development Programme

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    and the New Zealand Agency for International Development.

    The HDI ranking of 77 provinces does not include Metro Manila since it is not considered a province but a group of cities that enjoy a decided advantage, being the seat of the country's political and economic power, HDN coordinator Toby Monsod said.

    The UN defines human development as "the process of enabling people to have wider choices."

    The latest PHDR -- the fifth undertaken by HDN since 1994 -- is consistent with previous findings that the country's poorest provinces were also the "most conflict-ridden," referring to those located in Mindanao.

    The HDI measures an area's living standard not by its visible "urbanity" -- or the growth of factories or commercial centers in a locality -- but by how much the people enjoy "public goods" like health or education, Monsod said.

    She gave this explanation when asked why a mountainous province like Benguet, known for its mining and agriculture-based economy, outscored the likes of Pampanga, Cavite, Bulacan and Rizal, which host sprawling urban centers and industrial parks, especially in their capitals.

    A province may have a high-income level, she said, but may still have low HDI if it doesn't translate into "investments in health or education."

    The UN-adopted measure of HDI ranges from 0 to 1, and "the closer to 1, the better," Monsod said.

    Using that range, the poorest Philippine province, Sulu, got .30, and the best-performing Benguet scored 0.74.

    Areas that score between 0 and .49 are categorized as having "low human development." Those between .50 and .79 qualify as "medium," and those achieving .8 to 1 are in the "high" bracket.

    The report said the five lowest ranking provinces were already "comparable to the world's poorest countries located in Africa, namely, Niger, Sierra Leone, Burkina Faso, Mali and Chad."

    The highest ranking -- Benguet -- matches the HDI standing of Jamaica or Turkmenistan, it noted.

  2. Join Date
    Dec 2003
    yep wala ka talagang makikita sa Sarangani

RP's poorest provinces like those in Africa -- UN study