Friday, May 13, 2016

Three more province with new administrative villages

Yesterday, another three announcements were published in the Royal Gazette to formally create new administrative villages, this time in the provinces Lampang, Udon Thani and Ubon Ratchathani. Again, these are based on the Ministerial Order มท ๐๓๑๐.๑/ว ๗๔๖๕ from December 15. With 44 Muban announced so far, this is the biggest number of new villages since 2007, when a total of 449 villages were created.
  • Lampang - 1 Muban [Gazette] effective March 22
    • Mu 10 of Nam Cho subdistrict, Mae Tha district, split from Mu 3 (Ban To, บ้านต๋อ) and named Ban To Kaeo Phatthana (บ้านต๋อแก้วพัฒนา).
  • Udon Thani - 6 Muban [Gazette] effective with publication
    • Mu 14 of Tha Li subdistrict, Kumphawapi district, split from Mu 4 (Ban Tha Li, บ้านท่าลี่) and named Ban Tha Li (บ้านท่าลี่).
    • Mu 15 of Kumphawapi subdistrict, Kumphawapi district, split from Mu 5 (Ban Don Kaeo, บ้านดอนแก้ว) and named Ban Don Kaeo (บ้านดอนแก้ว).
    • Mu 12 of Non Thong subdistrict, Ban Phue district, split from Mu 7 (Ban Don Tan, บ้านดอนตาล) and named Ban Don Tan (บ้านดอนตาล).
    • Mu 13 of Non Thong subdistrict, Ban Phue district, split from Mu 8 (Ban Dong Bang, บ้านดงบัง) and named Ban Dong Bang (บ้านดงบัง).
    • Mu 14 of Non Thong subdistrict, Ban Phue district, split from Mu 9 (Ban Na Hai, บ้านนาไฮ) and named Ban Na Hai (บ้านนาไฮ).
    • Mu 15 of Non Thong subdistrict, Ban Phue district, split from Mu 10 (Ban Na Toei, บ้านนาเตย) and named Ban Na Toei (บ้านนาเตย).
  • Ubon Rathathani - 5 Muban [Gazette] effective with publication
    • Mu 17 of Sang Tho subdistrict, Khueang Nai district, split from Mu 7 (Ban Don Chiang Tho, บ้านดอนเชียงโท) and named Ban Don Chiang Tho (บ้านดอนเชียงโท).
    • Mu 12 of Song subdistrict, Nam Yuen district, split from Mu 2 (Ban Duan, บ้านดวน) and named Ban Chai Charoen (บ้านชัยเจริญ).
    • Mu 12 of Ban Maet subdistrict, Buntharik district, split from Mu 1 (Ban Hat Sai Khun, บ้านหาดทรายคูณ) and named Ban Don Chot (บ้านดอนโจด).
    • Mu 13 of Kaeng Dom subdistrict, Sawang Wirawong district, split from Mu 2 (Ban Khok Sombun Nai, บ้านโคกสมบูรณ์ใน) and named Ban Non Tao Lek (บ้านโนนเตาเหล็ก).
    • Mu 13 of Sawang subdistrict, Sawang Wirawong district, split from Mu 4 (Ban Phaeng, บ้านแพง) and named Ban Non Sai Ngam (บ้านโนนทรายงาม).
A bit notable is the fact that all 6 Muban in Udon Thani got the same name as the Muban from which they were split off. Checking with the all the 2029 Muban creations published in the Royal Gazette since 2002, this naming scheme was used 361 times so far (17.7%). The suffix "Kaeo Phatthana" however was used for the first time.

Tuesday, May 3, 2016

New Muban in Surin

And another two new administrative villages announced last week, again based on the Ministerial Order มท ๐๓๑๐.๑/ว ๗๔๖๕ from December 15, this time signed by the province governor on March 16th and becoming effective with the publication of the announcement on April 28 [Gazette].
  • Mu 17 of Nong Yai subdistrict, Prasat district, Surin province, split from Mu 11 (Ban Saen Suk, บ้านแสนสุข) and named Ban Charoen Suk (บ้านเจริญสุข).
  • Mu 20 of Khok Sa-at subdistrict, Prasat district, Surin province, split from Mu 1 (Ban Khok Sa-at, บ้านโคกสะอาด) and named Ban Khok Sa-at Phatthana (บ้านโคกสะอาดพัฒนา).

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