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Poverty incidence slightly improves in Region 6

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ILOILO City – Poverty incidence in the Philippines may have been unchanged since 2006 but in Western Visayas, there has been a slight improvement in the first semester of 2012.

The latest report on poverty by the National Statistical Coordination Board (NSCB) showed 24.7 percent of families in Region 6 are poor. This was slightly lower than the 26.7 percent posted in the same period in 2009 and lower than the 27.5 percent recorded in 2006.

NSCB noted that the poverty incidence could have been worst if not for intervention programs like the Pantawid Pamilyang Pilipino Program (4Ps, also called the Conditional Cash Transfer).

The data, which were based on the Family Income and Expenditure Survey (FIES) conducted by the National Statistics Office (NSO) last July 2012, also showed Antique having the highest poverty incidence among families at 32.1 percent.

Antique was followed by Guimaras and Negros Occidental with 26.2 percent poverty incidence each; and Capiz with 25.4 percent.

Iloilo and Aklan recorded lowest incidence of poverty among families with 21.9 percent and 21 percent, respectively.

In the same period in 2009, Aklan posted the highest incidence of poverty among families with 38.4 percent.

On the other hand, 31.7 percent of the region’s total population were poor or have experienced “worst poverty” in the first semester of 2012.

The rate was slightly better than the poverty incidence recorded in the same period in the years 2009 and 2006, which were 34.2 percent and 34.1 percent, respectively.

Food threshold is the minimum income required by an individual to meet his basic food needs and satisfy the nutritional requirements set by the Food and Nutrition Research Institute (FNRI), while remaining economically and socially productive.

Put another way, the food threshold helps measure food poverty or “subsistence,” which may also be described as extreme poverty, explained NSCB.

Poverty threshold, on the other hand, incorporates basic non-food needs, such as clothing, housing, transportation, health, and education expenses, among others, other than one’s food needs. (PNA)