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Pueblo de San Jose del Monte, Metro Este Bulacan
Isang San Joseno sa isip, sa salita at sa gawa, na patuloy na naghahanap ng kasagutan sa nakaraan ng minamahal niyang bayan. Bukod sa pakikipaglaban para mabuhay, ipinaglalaban din ang kasaysayan, kultura at kalikasan ng San Jose del Monte (sa pamamagitan ng panulat). Nalibot na ang 59 na barangay ng San Jose. Bukod sa sariling bayan, interesado rin sa Bulacan bilang isang lalawigan. Narating na ang Marilaw, Meykawayan, Obando, Santa Maria, Norzagaray, Angat, Bulakan, Hagonoy, Paombong, Pandi, San Miguel de Mayumo, San Rafael (Camansi), San Ildefonso, Plaridel (Quingua), Balagtas (Bigaa), Malolos (kabilang na ang mga dating bayan ng Sta. Ysabel at Barasoain), Angat, Pulilan (San Isidro), Bustos, Guiguinto, Bukawe, Calumpit at Donya Remedios Trinidad. Narating na rin maging ang Lunsod ng Valenzuela (Polo) na dati ring sakop ng Bulacan. Isang San Joseno. Isang Bulakenyo.

Tuesday, October 16, 2012

Top 20 Liveable Philippine Cities of 2012*

Here is an excerpt of the study posted in iKwaderno about the top 20 liveable cities in the Philippines. according to the study: 

This study considered all the 122 cities of the Philippines – has undergone thorough research and gathering of data and analysis. The methodology used to determine the liveability of each city was based but not totally on the European Intelligence Unit procedure. Like the EIU, the concept of this study was to determine which locations in the Philippines provide the “best living conditions”. Five broad categories were considered for the computation and this are: Stability (25%), Culture and Environment (25%), Healthcare (20%), Education (10%) and Infrastructure (20%). Each category contains indicators, and we included as many as possible, to make the computed data more solid. Aside from the EIU provided indicators, (which can be viewed in their website) we also added the following into consideration: financial performance, population density, availability of public and private hospitals, availability and quality of public health service, environmental conditions, availability of sports and development programs, calamity-safety index, tourist attractions, cultural and commercial ties, availability of public and private educational sectors including their performances.

Quantitative variables came from the external data sources which were based from the reports released by the following government agencies: National Statistics Office, Philippine Statistical Coordination Board, IPRSD – Planning Service of DPWH, PAG-ASA, Philippine Volcanology and Seismology, Department of Education, Bureau of Secondary Education of Dep-Ed, Professional Regulation Commission and the Commission on Audit. As much as possible, qualitative aspects that requires polls and interviews were given with statistical counterpart to quantify the required indicator.

Top 20 Liveable Philippine Cities of 2012
1. Bacolod City – 85.183
2. Davao City – 84.804
3. Marikina City – 84.323
4. Makati City – 83.874
5. Manila – 83. 345
6. Puerto Princesa City – 83.030
7. Cebu City – 83.004
8. Baguio City – 82.900
9. Quezon City – 82.827
10. Zamboanga City – 82.740
11. Iloilo City – 82.564
12. Olongapo City – 82.483
13. Naga City – 82.390
14. Angeles City – 82.173
15. Ormoc City – 82.085
16. Batangas City – 81.914
17. Santa Rosa City – 81.911
18. Muntinlupa City – 81.868
19. Tagaytay City – 81.663
20 . Tagum City - 80.657
In the same study, San Jose del Monte ranks 41st (the only Bulacan city to enter the top 50), out of 122 cities of the Philippines. Because only the top 20 was posted and released, I have to ask the author of iKwaderno what is the exact ranking of San Jose del Monte and fortunately, he answered my question.

San Jose del Monte still has much to do to improve its ranking. The quality of life of San Josenyos is still not the best but the local government is actually doing good in improving it. San Jose del Monte still lacks infrastructure and the economy is not soaring (but is in stable condition) but lays its strength in education, provision of good health services and barangay-based industry and livelihood programs. 

I hope San Jose del Monte, together with all the cities of the Philippines, the municipalities, the countryside and even the most far-flung areas in our country, will all be liveable and be able to offer the best of life  in the future. I would be the happiest when that time comes.

*Disclaimer : As what has been posted  in iKwaderno, this is the result of a private study done for completion of requirements for a term paper and was posted and shared only in the said blog.

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