These maps aim to show the increase or decrease of admissions to UP Diliman in each of the provinces in the Philippines after the Tuition and Other Fees Increase (TOFI) have been implemented into the system.
In regards to this, the Annual Family Income of each province was incorporated as a supplement to the process of inferring from the tally of admissions if the heavy cost of education has greatly affected the decision of the parents on whether to send or not their children to Diliman for tertiary training.
A tally of admitted students in UP Diliman in the years 2006 and 2009 had been requested from the UP Office of the University Registrar. This was used to determine the volume of first year students being sent to the Diliman campus with respect to their home province.
The Annual Family Income was taken from the website of the National Statistics Office, also encoded by provinces. This data helped us on setting a base for the capability of the families of each province on sending their children to UP Diliman, in a capital sense.
And for all of these data to be compiled and presented in a spatial way, a free, ready-made shapefile was downloaded from PhilGIS.org. The shapefile contains the profile of the Philippines divided into provinces.
Method used in processing data to come up with the output
Basically, thematic maps are made by incorporating ranges of values into the vector data. For the maps, the choropleth seemed to be the more appropriate technique in presenting the Annual Family Income. The darkest shade of purple was set to represent low income while the lightest shade, high income. With this cholopleth alone, we would be able to deduce from the map that the richest provinces are those near the country’s capital. The breaks on the ranges were manually done but were based on natural jenks. They were just rounded up, or down, depending on their distance deviation from the jenks.
Next is the presentation of the tally of admitted students. They were represented in the map as proportional circles. That of small circles has low admission while the big circles, high. Intervals were made the same for both maps so that comparisons will be easy.
Audience/reader and how they can benefit from the map
The maps target the government and the UP administration as their audience. These aim to enlighten them that the increase on fees have affected the number of students going to tertiary level, UP Diliman or not.