Press Release

Nueva Ecija, Still the Country’s Top Palay Producing Province
PR-200806-NS1-08, Posted 30 June 2008)

For six years now, Nueva Ecija has been the top palay producing province in the country. In 2007, the province yielded 1,356,161 metric tons of palay which is eight percent of the total country’s production.  The province of Abra, meanwhile, posted the highest growth rate in palay production at 37.8% in 2007.

In terms of corn production, Isabela retained its position as the top province yielding 906,478 metric tons in 2007.  The province was number one in 2000 to 2004 and in 2006.  Sorsogon, meanwhile, experienced the highest growth in corn production at 302.3% in 2007.

Compostela Valley had the highest banana production in 2007 (1,159,805 metric tons)  while Pangasinan was top in mango production (390,229 metric tons). The province of Davao Oriental with 1,051,984 metric tons of coconut production was the highest among the provinces in 2007. It was Bukidnon, Nueva Vizcaya and Masbate which posted the highest increase in banana (109.0%), mango (155.6%) and coconut (26.8%) production, respectively, from 2006 to 2007.

The above information on agriculture and other economic and social indicators of the country’s provinces can be found in the 2007 Philippine Countryside in Figures (PCIF) publication released by the National Statistical Coordination Board (NSCB).

The PCIF is one of the responses of the NSCB to address the clamor from various stakeholders including investors and research analysts for more provincial data. The PCIF describes the state of the country’s 81 provinces in terms of various indicators on governance, income and expenditures, labor and employment, prices, finance, agriculture, health, education, communication, infrastructure, tourism, transportation, energy and public order, safety and justice. The provinces/cities have been ranked according to these indicators; hence it can be used to compare the performance of our provinces and key cities in different areas of interest.

The 2007 Edition contains 47 updated tables out of the 62 existing indicators and 8 new indicators on poverty statistics particularly the following data: Magnitude of Poor Families and Population, Subsistence Incidence Among Families and Population, Income Gap, Poverty Gap and Severity of Poverty. GIS technology was also used  in data presentation in the form of thematic maps, which are included in the relevant chapters of the publication.

Copies of the PCIF are 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 address


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