Separate Davao City stats from Davao del Sur’s

Laviña said the Davao City's statistics is still being lumped with Davao Del Sur even though Davao City, which became a chartered city in 1937, is older than Davao del Sur which was carved out of the undivided Davao province in 1967.

He said the practice of combining the statistics of Davao City with Davao Del Sur is creating confusion.

Laviña cited as example the data of the Commission on Elections with Davao Del Sur as one of the vote-rich areas in the country at 1,232,053 voters as of  April 2007. But the 1.2 million figure actually includes Davao City’s 751,097 voters.

Laviña added that the postal code of Davao City, 8000, is still under Davao del Sur even if Davao City is not a component of it. Davao del Sur’s component city is Digos City.

Because of the confusion generated by the combined statistical data, Laviña said "there is an urgent need to separate government data and statistics."

Wrong statistics and data, he said, can affect the city's planning and also the proper appropriation of resources. (MindaNews)