The Philippines is politically divided into 17 regions and each region is subdivided into provinces and each province is subdivided into congressional districts. The National Capital Region or NCR, which is composed of the cities and a municipality of Metro Manila, is divided into four districts instead of provinces.
At present there are 80 provinces in the country. Here are the 10 richest districts/provinces based on poverty incidence level or the proportion of families with per capita incomes below the poverty threshold.
1.) 2nd District of Metro Manila
The 2nd district of Metro Manila which includes the cities of Mandaluyong, Marikina, Pasig, Quezon City and San Juan enjoy the benefit of being the richest area in the archipelago with a poverty incidence of only 4.1 percent.
2.) 4th District of Metro Manila
The 4th district of Metro Manila which includes the cities of Las Piñas, Makati, Muntinlupa, Parañaque, Pasay and Taguig with the municipality of Pateros registered a poverty incidence of 4.9 percent making it the 2nd best area in the country.
Bulacan, a province in Central Luzon region or Region III, had the lowest percentage of poverty incidence level. Bulacan, with a poverty incidence of 5.4 percent, is the richest of all Philippine provinces. The capital of this province located north of Metro Manila is the historic City of Malolos.
4.) 1st District of Metro Manila
The 1st district of Metro Manila composed of the City of Manila had a poverty incidence level of 5.8 percent making it the 4th richest in the entire nation.
Batanes, the smallest Philippine province both in area and population, is the second richest province of the Philippines. This small but wealthy province had a 7.5 percent poverty incidence level. The province also takes pride for its claim of a zero crime rate.
Rizal, a province adjacent to Metro Manila, registered a poverty incidence level of 8 percent making it one of the richest provinces of the Philippines. It is part of CALABARZON or Region IV-A. Its capital is Antipolo City.
Laguna is a province located south of Metro Manila. It is the hometown of Jose Rizal, the national hero of the Philippines. With 8.6 percent poverty incidence level, the province is amongst the richest provinces in the archipelago. It is part of CALABARZON and its capital is Santa Cruz.
8.) 3rd District of Metro Manila
The 3rd district of Metro Manila which includes the cities of Caloocan, Malabon, Navotas and Valenzuela holds the 8th spot for the riches districts and provinces with a poverty incidence level of 9 percent.
Bataan is a province located in Central Luzon. With 9.9 percent poverty incidence level, Bataan has one of the best economic standings of all the provinces in the Philippines. The province is historically well-remembered for the “Death March”. It is located north of Metro Manila and its capital is Balanga.
Cavite is a province located south of Metro Manila. It is part of CALABARZON and its capital is Imus. As one of the richest Philippine provinces it registered a poverty incidence level of 10.2 percent.