Friday, April 22, 2016

New Muban in Lamphun

Another two new administrative villages were announced yesterday, again based on the Ministerial Order มท ๐๓๑๐.๑/ว ๗๔๖๕ from December 15, this time signed by the province governor on March 2nd and becoming effective with the publication of the announcements.
I already updated the corresponding Wikipedia articles in English, German and Thai - including changing the two Tambon articles into something with actual content. In the unlikely case anyone is interesting how these two changes are encoded in my XML files, the corresponding GIT changeset is here.

Tuesday, April 12, 2016

Protected areas

Though not really connected to the administrative subdivisions, I also keep following the changes in the protected areas - National Parks, Wildlife Sanctuaries and so on - when these are published in the Royal Gazette, and also created a XML schema to have the data on these in a machine readable format. In the last two weeks there were three announcements around these protected areas.
  • Creation of Non-hunting area Khao Phu Luang (เขตห้ามล่าสัตว์ป่าเขาภูหลวง) in Nakhon Ratchasima [Gazette], covering 232 km² of the forested hills around Lam Phra Loeng reservoir.
  • Remove of about 0.5 km² of Bakdai subdistrict out of the area of the Huai Thap Than - Huai Samran wildlife sanctuary (เขตรักษาพันธุ์สัตว์ป่าห้วยทับทัน-ห้วยสำราญ).
  • Declaration of Khao Khao (เขตที่ดินโบราณสถานเขาขาว) as a historical monument, protecting rock pantings on three hills in Ao Luek district, Krabi.
Especially for the third one, I even had expanded the XSD to be able to be able to encode the fact that this historical monument covers three separate areas with five specifically marked locations.

And while I was at it, I finally also found an Excel sheet with all the protected areas managed by the Department of National Park, Wildlife and Plant Conservation, most interestingly showing the internal codes used for these parks. Each of the class of protected areas has a number range, and is named in order of the creation of the park - but even though there is this simple numbering schema, the actual codes have been reworked twice already. The number ranges are
  • 1xxx for 127 National Parks (อุทยานแห่งชาติ)
  • 2xxx for 58 Wildlife Sanctuaries (เขตรักษาพันธุ์สัตว์ป่า)
  • 3xxx for 67 Non-hunting areas (เขตห้ามล่าสัตว์ป่า)
  • 4xxx for 110 Forest Parks (วนอุทยาน)
  • 9xxx for areas about to be protected - 20 National Parks, 2 Wildlife Sanctuaries and 3 Non-Hunting areas.
Dating from 2013, this sheet however does not include the above mentioned Khao Phu Luang Non-hunting area, though it seems none of the pending protected areas have been officially announced yet. Using that Excel sheet, I have now resumed work on the protected area XMLs, the one on the Forest Parks already has the complete list with creation date, area and the link to WikiData when available, only need to add the locations. However, the list which would be most useful for Wikipedia to support the annual "Wiki loves monuments" event is also the one which creates most work, as there are thousands of sites.

Friday, March 25, 2016

and more new Muban

Another three new administrative villages were announced in the Royal Gazette yesterday, again all based on the same ministerial order มท ๐๓๑๐.๑/ว ๗๔๖๕.
The Muban in Nakhon Si Thammarat became effective on the date the announcement was signed, i.e. January 27, whereas the two Muban in Roi Et became effective with the publication in the Royal Gazette.

Wednesday, March 23, 2016

More new Muban

Another four new administrative villages were announced in the Royal Gazette last week, again originating from the ministerial order มท ๐๓๑๐.๑/ว ๗๔๖๕.
All were announced on March 17, and while the announced from Surat Thani was signed and became effective on the same date as the ministerial order, the other Muban became effective with the announcement in the Royal Gazette.

Tuesday, March 15, 2016

Entity numbers as of December 2015

The Department of Provincial Administration has announced the number of administrative subdivisions as of December 31st and the population. As I already mentioned the latest population figures here, below is just the list of subdivision types - in brackets the numbers from the 2015 report if numbers differ.

  • Changwat: 76
  • Amphoe: 878
  • Tambon: 7255
  • Muban: 74965
  • PAO: 76
  • Thesaban: 2441 (2440)
    • Thesaban Nakhon: 30
    • Thesaban Mueang: 198 (196)
    • Thesaban Tambon: 2233 (2234)
  • TAO: 5334 (5335)
The only difference is in the local administrative units, and the three entities which changed status are Pa Sak in Phetchabun upgraded from TAO the Thesaban Tambon, and Lom Raet in Lampang and Taluban in Pattani upgraded from Thesaban Tambon to Thesaban Mueang (see here). Interestingly, the newly created Muban in December are not included, though 11 of those became effective before December 31st, the date of the list.

Comparing with the numbers in my XML files, there is still the strange discrepancy in the Tambon numbers, with Pak Phanang subdistrict not counted though it is still included in the population data. The number of Muban I have is 75201, which includes the 21 recently created Muban. Thus there are 215 Muban in my lists which DOPA does not count anymore, probably because they now have no headmen anymore because of being in a city or town municipality

Monday, March 14, 2016

New Muban in Phetchabun

All nine new administrative villages in Phetchabun were created by that ministerial order มท ๐๓๑๐.๑/ว ๗๔๖๕ issued December 15, and became effective December 30, the day as the announcement were signed by the province governor. The announcements were published in the Royal Gazette on March 3 - unlike those in Nakhon Ratchasima issued the same day these Muban were announced in one single document [Gazette].
  • Mu 16 of Khok Prong subdistrict, Wichian Buri district split from Mu 7 (Ban Khok Prong, บ้านโคกปรง) and named Ban Khok Prong (บ้านโคกปรง).
  • Mu 17 of Yang Sao subdistrict, Wichian Buri district split from Mu 8 (Ban Khok Kruat, บ้านโคกกรวด) and named Ban Khok Kruat Nuea (บ้านโคกกรวดเหนือ).
  • Mu 17 of Khok Prong subdistrict, Wichian Buri district split from Mu 1 (Ban Khok Prong, บ้านโคกปรง) and named Ban Khok Prong (บ้านโคกปรง).
  • Mu 17 of Dong Mun Lek subdistrict, Mueang Phetchabun district split from Mu 4 (Ban Kong Kayang, บ้านกงกะยาง) and named Ban Kong Kayang Tai (บ้านกงกะยางใต้).
  • Mu 16 of Pa Lao subdistrict, Mueang Phetchabun district split from Mu 2 (Ban Pa Lao, บ้านป่าเลา) and named Ban Pa Lao Tai (บ้านป่าเลาใต้).
  • Mu 15 of Pa Lao subdistrict, Mueang Phetchabun district split from Mu 3 (Ban Pa Daeng Nuea, บ้านป่าแดงเหนือ) and named Ban Non Sawang (บ้านโนนสว่าง).
  • Mu 14 of Huai Yai subdistrict, Mueang Phetchabun district split from Mu 6 (Ban Nam Duea Tai, บ้านน้ำเดื่อใต้) and named Ban Non Sa-at (บ้านโนนสะอาด).
  • Mu 13 of Huai Yai subdistrict, Mueang Phetchabun district split from Mu 5 (Ban Nam Duea Nuea, บ้านน้ำเดื่อเหนือ) and named Ban Sam Khla (บ้านซำคล้า).
  • Mu 17 of Wang Ban subdistrict, Lom Kao district split from Mu 14 (Ban Thap Boek, บ้านทับเบิก) and named Ban Na Sa-ung (บ้านนาสะอุ้ง).

Tuesday, March 8, 2016

New Muban in Nakhon Ratchasima

When I reported the new administrative village in Ratchaburi, I already wondered if there were maybe more to come with the same ministerial order มท ๐๓๑๐.๑/ว ๗๔๖๕. And - there were, last week two more batches of Muban were announced, ten in Nakhon Ratchasima province and another nine in Phetchabun I will report tomorrow.

All ten new administrative villages were created by that ministerial order issued December 15, and became effective January 18, the day as the announcements were signed by the province governor. The announcements were published in the Royal Gazette on March 3.
  • Mu 16 of Kampang subdistrict, Non Thai district split from Mu 9 (Ban Mai Nari, บ้านใหม่นารี) and named Ban Mai Phatthana (บ้านใหม่พัฒนา) [Gazette].
  • Mu 11 of Ban Wang subdistrict, Non Thai district split from Mu 3 (Ban Wang, บ้านวัง) and named Ban Wang Sa-nga (บ้านวังสง่า) [Gazette].
  • Mu 15 of Khanong Phra subdistrict, Pak Chong district split from Mu 9 (Ban Khao Chan Hom, บ้านเขาจันทน์หอม) and named Ban Sap Si Mongkhon (บ้านทรัพย์ศรีมงคล) [Gazette].
  • Mu 14 of Khanong Phra subdistrict, Pak Chong district split from Mu 10 (Ban Takhian Thong, บ้านตะเคียนทอง) and named Ban Pin Thong (บ้านปิ่นทอง) [Gazette].
  • Mu 11 of Wang Mai Daeng subdistrict, Prathai district split from Mu 2 (Ban Khok Phra, บ้านโคกพระ) and named Ban Khok Phra Phatthana (บ้านโคกพระพัฒนา) [Gazette].
  • Mu 8 of Thung Sawang subdistrict, Prathai district split from Mu 2 (Ban Yoei Tabaeng, บ้านเย้ยตะแบง) and named Ban Tabaeng Mai Samakkhi (บ้านตะแบงใหม่สามัคคี) [Gazette].
  • Mu 16 of Thung Arun subdistrict, Chok Chai district split from Mu 13 (Ban Hua Saphan, บ้านหัวสะพาน) and named Ban Hua Saphan (บ้านหัวสะพาน) [Gazette].
  • Mu 14 of Chok Chai subdistrict, Chok Chai district split from Mu 2 (Ban Sa Pathum, บ้านสระปทุม) and named Ban Sa Prathum Mai Phatthana (บ้านสระประทุมใหม่พัฒนา) [Gazette].
  • Mu 15 of Chok Chai subdistrict, Chok Chai district split from Mu 10 (Ban Bueng Thap Prang, บ้านบึงทับปรางค์) and named Ban Pra Ngok Mai Phatthana (บ้านปรางค์ใหม่พัฒนา) [Gazette].
  • Mu 17 of Thung Arun subdistrict, Chok Chai district split from Mu 12 (Ban Mai Don Ket, บ้านใหม่ดอนเกตุ) and named Ban Mai Ket Arun Sap (บ้านใหม่เกตุอรุณทรัพย์) [Gazette].
As its so many I obviously didn't even tried to build maps for the boundaries of these, I even haven't yet updated the Wikipedia articles on the district with the new Muban numbers.