Category: Economy

Changes in Bicol — # 2

Another major change in the region is the rise of shopping malls. There are two major operators of mall in Bicol these days: The LCC Group and the Gaisano Chain of malls. An LCC Group iyo an pamosong local chain of malls sa rehiyon asin igwa ki mga branches ini sa Tabaco City, sa legazpi … Continue reading Changes in Bicol — # 2

Changes in Bicol — #1

My family and I have migrated here in Europe and it's more than two decades since I last set my foot in Bicolandia, my birthplace. Could you update us of the changes there? -- from an e-mail I find it uncomfortable to compare the present with twenty years ago. I was too young then hehehe. … Continue reading Changes in Bicol — #1

Iriga City: Some waves of changes

It's been months since I last visited Iriga City and Rinconada. Dakul na man na pagbabago including new buildings as well as stores. Maski ang city hall iba na man. From San Roque, the new seat of local governance moved to Sta. Cruz. Siguro, para makaiwas na sa baha. Medyo hababa kaya an sentro kan … Continue reading Iriga City: Some waves of changes

The Poverty in the Bicol Region 3

Poverty may be relative. As I told my colleague sometime ago, the Bicol Region may be economically depressed. Infrastructure-wise, it may remain uncomparable to Metro Manila, or least Cebu, or Davao. But if you consider the satisfaction of the Bicolanos with their way of life, the Metro Manilans may even be far below. In several … Continue reading The Poverty in the Bicol Region 3

The Poverty in the Bicol Region 2

Last Wednesday, the National Statistics Coordination Board (NSCB) released the official poverty statistics. One of the highlights is the increase of poverty incidence in the country to 26.9% for families in 2006 compared to 24.4% in 2003. Gustong sabihon, maski gurano kagayon kan mga uru-istorya ni Presidente Gloria Arroyo manungod sa ekonomiya, dai pa man … Continue reading The Poverty in the Bicol Region 2

The Poverty in the Bicol Region

A colleague asked: The Bicol Region is rich in natural as well as human resources. How come it still remains poor? I immediately remember the stories about Japan after World War II. It was so poor and so war torn, how come the Land of the Rising Sun still became rich? I was tongue-tied at … Continue reading The Poverty in the Bicol Region