Numbers are insignificant abstract figures unless one puts some meaning to it. This is what I’ve learned when I was a Mathematics undergraduate. Every day, we encounter numbers. From checking on the time we woke up, to paying our dues, to compensate for our bus rides, and to counting the sheep when we can’t sleep. In real life, we are bombarded with different numbers. In the Philippines, the government gives us statistics about almost anything. But the important question is do we understand what these statistics mean?
This map aims to show the performance of each provincial government units through the Good Governance Index made by the National Statistical Coordination Board, and the foreign aid distribution data from the Official Development Assistance Watch – Philippines. The hardest yet most important objective of this map is to serve as a spatial visual aid to the future researchers who will expand on studying the subject and explain the meaning and reason behind the statistics shown here.
The data used in this map are the 2008 Good Governance Index (GGI) ranking from the National Statistical Coordination Board (NSCB) and the regional distribution of Foreign Aids and Loans to the Philippines from 2001-2009 provided by the Official Development Assistance (ODA) Watch – Philippines. There are only two GGI data in the NSCB website: the 2005 and the 2008 data. Thus, the 2008 data is used for this map. The methodology of the GGI is explained by the NSCB in their website. The foreign aid and loans data is published in the Aiding the Foreign Aid Regime monograph of ODA and the Management and Organizational Development for Empowerment (MODE), Inc. There are minor analyses done in the data in order to pick the numbers that will reflect reality the closest. Since, the data comprises records for different years; only the 2008 records are used to suit the 2008 GGI data. Though there are provincial-level data, most of the data shown are regional-level distribution; the map assumes that each province in a certain region shares equal foreign aid and loan.
The target audiences of this map are the people in the academe, government, and most importantly, the general public. This shall serve as aid to the future researchers who will try to explain the subject matter. This will also serve as a wake-up call to our leaders. Contrary to the United Nations Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific report that major donors and international financial institutions use good governance as basis for helping, this map imposes a question of why is it that most of the well governed provinces receive the least foreign aid. And lastly, this map should serve as another evidence of why the general public should advocate for more transparency and accountability to our government.