(PSA-NSCB-PR-201403-NS1-06 , Posted 19 March 2014)
Public schools in Batanes province recorded the highest cohort survival rate as well as the best classroom-to-pupil and teacher-to-pupil ratios, according to the latest edition of the Philippine Countryside in Figures.
In school year 2009 to 2010, the island province located in the northernmost part of the country had a 96 percent cohort survival rate or the percentage of enrollees at the beginning grade or year in a given school year who reached final grade or year of the elementary or secondary level. The national average was 72.9 percent for the same school year.
In school year 2010 to 2011, Batanes recorded the best teacher-to-pupil ratio in government elementary schools with one teacher per 11 pupils, as well as in government secondary schools with one teacher per 12 students. The national average was one teacher for every 36 elementary pupils and one teacher for every 38 high school students.
For the same school year, Batanes had one classroom, for every 13 elementary pupils as well as for every 19 high school students. This is significantly better than the situation in the National Capital Region where there is one classroom for every 76 elementary pupils and for every 79 high school students. The national average for classroom-to-student ratio in the same school year was one classroom, for every 39 pupils and for every 53 high school students.
Meanwhile, Leyte posted the most number of government elementary schools while Cebu province recorded the highest number of secondary schools at 1,287 and 370, in school year 2010 to 2011, respectively.
These statistics and other information on various economic and social indicators of the country’s 80 provinces can be found in the 2011 Philippine Countryside in Figures (PCIF) publication released today as prepared in 2013, by the National Statistical Coordination Board (NSCB) Technical Staff.
The PCIF is an annual publication that contains general information and statistical indicators for the country’s 80 provinces and top 10 key cities outside the National Capital Region. The 2011 edition contains 62 tables and 15 chapters on the following indicators: 1) general information on provinces, 2) governance, 3) income and expenditures, 4) labor and employment, 5) prices, 6) finance, 7) agriculture, 8) health, 9) education, 10) communication, 11) tourism, 12) infrastructure, 13) transportation, 14) energy and 15) public order, safety and justice.
The compilation and publication of the PCIF is NSCB’s response to the demand for relevant local-level statistics by its stakeholders and data users. Since its first publication in 1998, the PCIF has been useful in discerning challenges and opportunities at the local level as well as in comparing the performance of provinces and key cities in different areas of interest. The PCIF particularly provides statistical information in support of bottom up development programs and policies whereby local communities can take charge of its future and define its development course. At the national level, the PCIF provides statistical information for effective implementation of national policies and programs at the provincial level through resource prioritization as well as in the differentiation of approach.
The PCIF is also available online on the NSCB website (http://www.nscb.gov.ph /countryside) to facilitate retrieval and browsing of local-level cross sectional and time series data. Corresponding metadata are also provided to users for better understanding of information about the data series.
A distinctive and important feature of the PCIF is its ranking of the provinces for each indicator. For indicators where higher levels are desirable, such as employment rate and local government financial resources, provinces were ranked in descending manner from highest to lowest. On the other hand, indicators where lower levels are desired such as inflation rate and population density, provinces were ranked in ascending manner from lowest to highest. The motivation for ranking provinces is to arouse interest and evoke action by spurring policy change or, at the very least, sparking conversation about the meaning behind these rankings.
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 email@example.com.
LINA V. CASTRO
Interim National Statistician
Mr. Precious Jose E. Baroy
Tel. No. (632) 890-8456
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