Best in human development provinces cited

29 Jul 2013

Top performing provinces in human development, dominated by those from Luzon, were awarded the ‘Gawad sa Makataong Pag-unlad’ today at the launching of the 2012/2013 Philippine Human Development Report. 

The top 10 provinces in human development are:

Top 10 Provinces

Rank

Province

HDI
2009

1

Benguet

0.849

2

Batanes

0.789

3

Rizal

0.734

4

Cavite

0.709

5

Bulacan

0.699

6

Bataan

0.698

7

Laguna

0.695

8

Nueva Vizcaya

0.678

9

Ilocos Norte

0.641

10

Pampanga

0.634

 Note: Metro Manila 0.805       

The bottom 10 provinces are:

Bottom 10 provinces

Rank

Province

HDI
2009

70

Lanao del Sur

0.416

71

Masbate

0.406

72

Zamboanga de Norte

0.384

73

Sarangani

0.371

74

Davao Oriental

0.356

75

Agusan del Sur

0.354

76

Zamboanga

0.353

77

Tawi-Tawi

0.310

78

Maguindanao

0.300

79

Sulu

0.216

The Human Development Index (HDI) is summary measure of human development, computed using the average achievement in the three basic dimensions: a long and healthy life, knowledge, and a decent standard of living. Ideally, the HDI should be close to 1. It is motivated by the principle that income alone cannot faithfully reflect the basic dimensions of human development. Income is a means toward human development, not an end. 

The PHDR 2012/13 analyzed the performances of provinces over the 10-year period from 1997-2009. The following provinces were the largest gainers or most improved provinces in human development: 

Top gainers in HDI levels 1997-2009

Rank 1997

Rank 2009

HDI

1997

2009

3

1

Benguet

0.721

0.849

44

13

Biliran

0.484

0.630

41

12

Cagayan

0.491

0.632

14

8

Nueva Vizcaya

0.585

0.678

40

20

Catanduanes

0.492

0.606

The largest losers in human development from 1997-2009 were Davao Oriental, Maguindanao, Batangas, Zamboanga del Norte, Quezon, Basilan, Laguna, Rizal, Tawi-tawi and Batanes.

 

Contact Information

ABOUT THIS REPORT: The 2012/13 PHDR is the 7th in a series of national human development reports (NHDRs) that have advocated the use of concepts and indicators of human development as a counterpoint to traditional measures like per capita income in development policy-making and practice. The first Philippine HDR came out in 1994 with the theme, "Human Development and People's Participation in Governance". Since this maiden issue, the human development framework has been applied to specific themes such as Gender (1997); Education (2000); Employment (2002); Peace and Human Security (2005); and Institutions and Politics (2009). This has gained for the PHDR a reputation of factually based, insightful and well-written analyses not just in the Philippines but also in the community of nations.

ABOUT THE HDN: 
The Human Development Network (HDN) Foundation, Inc. is a nonstock, nonprofit organization whose mission is to propagate and mainstream the concept of sustainable human development through research and advocacy. It is the main partner of the UNDP in the conduct of dialogue and discussions among relevant groups and individuals pertaining to the major findings and conclusions of the yearly global human development reports in the Philippine context. The HDN, through the auspices of the UNDP, facilitates the preparation of the national version of the Human Development Report (HDR). For more info on the HDN: http://www.hdn.org

ABOUT UNDP:  
The United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) is the UN’s global development network, advocating for change and connecting countries to knowledge, experience and resources to help people build a better life. We are on the ground in 166 countries, working with them on their solutions to global and national development challenges. As they develop local capacity, they draw on the people of UNDP and our wide range of partners.    The annual global Human Development Report (HDR) commissioned by UNDP, focuses the global debate on key development issues, providing new measurement tools, innovative analysis and often-controversial policy proposals. The global Report’s analytical framework and inclusive approach carry over into regional and national HDRs. For more info on UNDP: http://www.undp.orghttp://www.undp.org.ph

ABOUT NSCB:
 The National Statistical Coordination Board (NSCB) is the policy-making and coordinating agency on statistical matters in the Philippines created under Executive Order No. 121 of January 30, 1987). Its objective is to develop an orderly Philippine Statistical System (PSS) that is capable of providing timely, accurate, relevant, and useful data for the government and the public for planning and decision-making. It also promotes the independence, objectivity, integrity, relevance and responsiveness of the PSS. In 2012, the HDN revived its collaboration with the NSCB on estimating the Human Development Index (HDI). This is to realize the institutions’ shared goal of mainstreaming the HDI by coming up with only one HDI estimate every three years and institutionalizing the HDI methodology for succeeding PHDRs. For more info on NSCB: http://www.nscb.gov.ph