Metro Manila is still Philippine business center


State-run National Statistics Office (NSO) said on Wednesday that Metro Manila or the National Capital Region (NCR) remained the “hub of Philippine business and industry,” as the metro region accounted for highest share of the country’s establishments in 2012.

According to its 2012 List of Establishments, the NSO said that the NCR had a total of 212,408 establishments, or 22 percent out of the total 945,000 establishments operating in 17 regions in the country, with the total establishments employing about 7.8 million individuals in 2012.

“The two regions adjacent to NCR, Calabarzon or Region 4-A and Central Luzon or Region 3, had the next biggest count with 145,518 establishments or 15.4-percent share, and 105,580 establishments or 11.2 percent, respectively,” the NSO said.

Outside NCR, provinces with the most establishments include Cebu with 45,185 establishments or 4.8 percent, Cavite with 38,158 or 4 percent, Rizal with 33,641 or 3.6 percent, Laguna with 32,648 or 3.5 percent as well as Bulacan with 31,376 or 3.3 percent of the total in the country.

In terms of the type of establishments, wholesale and retail trade as well as repair of motor vehicles and motorcycles took the most share of the establishments, with a total of 437,293 nationwide.

“Close to 35.8 percent of the total number of establishments engaged in agriculture were located in Central Luzon and Calabarzon, while 35 percent of the total number of establishments [were]engaged in industry and 38.5 percent of the total number of establishments engaged in services, were located in NCR and Calabarzon,” the statistical body said.

Kristyn Nika M. Lazo


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