NCR still center of food, accommodation trade

By Cai U. Ordinario, BusinessMirror

Posted at May 08 2014 07:45 AM | Updated as of May 08 2014 03:45 PM

MANILA - The National Capital Region (NCR) remains as the center of the country’s food and accommodation businesses, based on the data recently released by the Philippine Statistics Authority (PSA).

The PSA reported that more than half of the P267.5-billion total income of the food and accommodation services nationwide in 2012 was earned by the NCR.

The region’s earnings totaled P151.6 billion, or 56.7 percent of the country’s total.

This was based on the preliminary data of the PSA’s 2012 Census of Philippine Business and Industry (CPBI) for Accommodation and Food Service Activities for Establishments with Total Employment of 20 and over.

The PSA said Restaurants and Mobile Food Service Activities was the top contributor, with P190.3 billion, or 71.1 percent of the total income. Short-term Accommodation Activities generated P67.6 billion, or 25.3 percent of the total.

Beverage Serving Activities shared 2.1 percent of the total, or P5.7 billion. The least contributor in the income was the Other Accommodation segment, with P156.2 million, or 0.1 percent of the total.

“Based on the preliminary results of the 2012 CPBI conducted nationwide, the Philippines had a total of 6,229 establishments with total employment of 20 and over engaged in Accommodation and Food Service Activities,” PSA said.

Cavite, Laguna, Batangas, Rizal and Quezon (Calabarzon) followed the NCR, with P25.8 billion, or a share of 9.6 percent. Completing the top 3 regions was Central Visayas, with P22.6 billion, or 8.5 percent of the total income.

In terms of the number of establishments, the NCR still had the most number of accommodation and food-related establishments, with 2,642, or 42.4 percent.

Calabarzon placed second, with 743 establishments, or 11.9 percent of the total; followed by Central Luzon, with 632 establishments, or 10.1 percent.

The Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao (ARMM) registered the least income, with only P59.8 million. The ARMM also had the least number of establishments, with only 10, or 0.2 percent of the total.

The 2012 CPBI is the forerunner of the 2006 CPBI and one of the designated statistical activities of the former National Statistics Office (NSO), now the PSA.

Data collected from the census will provide information on the levels, structure, performance and trends of economic activities of the formal sector of the economy for the reference period 2012. It will also serve as benchmark information in the measurement and comparison of national and regional economic growth.

Data collection was intensified through the use of Web-based or online accomplishment of questionnaire through the NSO web site and downloading of e-questionnaire and submission through e-mail.