Press Release

NSCB Identifies Top Ranking Provinces Through
“The Philippines Countryside In Figures 2004 Edition”
(PR-200501-NS1-03, Posted 12 April 2005)

In its continuing efforts to provide relevant statistics to various data users in the government as well as the private sector, the National Statistical Coordination Board (NSCB) releases the 2004 edition of the Philippine Countryside in Figures (PCIF). This publication contains general information and statistical indicators on governance, family income and expenditures, labor and employment, prices, agriculture, health, education, infrastructure, tourism, public order, safety and justice of the seventy-nine provinces and selected cities nationwide. The provinces/cities have been ranked according to these indicators; hence it can be used as a reference for comparing the performance of our provinces and key cities in different areas of interest. The NSCB made use of GIS technology in data presentation in the form of thematic maps, which are included in the relevant chapters.

The 2004 PCIF shows that for 2003, Mountain Province had the highest employment rate of 98.1 percent while Agusan del Norte posted the highest unemployment rate of 19.8 percent. In April 2003, Negros Occidental employed the most number of persons in agriculture sector with 531,000 employed persons, while Cebu employed the most number of persons in industry and service sectors among the provinces with 322,000 and 601,000 employed persons, respectively. During the same year, Nueva Ecija was the top palay producing province in the country with yields of 1,101,798 metric tons while Camiguin had the lowest yield of 1,692 metric tons. Meanwhile, Leyte had the most number of government elementary schools in SY 2003-2004 with 1,250 schools and Pangasinan had the most number of government secondary schools with 251 schools.

In this latest edition of the Philippine Countryside in Figures, new chapters have been added on transportation and energy, which contain indicators on number of motor vehicles registered by type and number of barangays energized. The 2004 edition has also new indicators on health and public order, safety and justice such as current users of family planning methods and crime solution efficiency rate. The said publication is a functional document in discerning challenges and opportunities at the local level. The data contained in this publication are useful tools in the conduct of feasibility studies, strategic planning, and policy decision-making for countryside development.

The Philippine Countryside in Figures is also available on-line on a subscription basis at This web-based Countryside in Figures is an interactive database containing the same data as the publication which data users will surely appreciate as it depicts the state of the country’s provinces in terms of various indicators and their standing as compared to other provinces in the country.

Copies of the said publication are now available for sale at the National Statistical Information Center (NSIC) located at the Ground Floor, Midland Buendia Building, 403 Senator Gil Puyat Avenue, Makati City. For subscription and inquiries, please contact The National Statistical Information Center at telephone numbered (632) 895-2767 or e-mail .

Secretary General

Contact Persons:

Mr. Ruben V. Litan
Tel. No.: 890-8456
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