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PIA Press Release
2007/09/26

NSCB release 2003, 2005 Ilocos Norte poverty maps

By Henry S. Lagasca

San Fernando City, La Union (26 September) -- The government's poverty alleviation through poverty mapping is being done in Ilocos Norte with the use of geographic information system (GIS) in identifying poor areas and what poverty reduction programs and projects will be implemented.

The National Statistics Coordination Board (NSCB), Region 1 bared that the poverty maps of Ilocos Norte for the year 2003 and 2005 were generated through the use of social and economic indicators.

Irenea B. Ubungen, head NSCB Region 1, said that the poverty index of each municipality was computed using these indicators and the indices were plotted in maps using the GIS software.

The maps come in printed and CD-ROM format produced by the NSCB regional office.

Indicators used in generating the poverty maps include the number of underweight pre-school children, infant mortality rate, and number of households with access to safe water supply and sanitary toilets, crime incidence, number of makeshift dwelling units, number of registered voters, cohort survival rate in public elementary schools and literacy rate.

Agencies which provided the validated data used in the poverty mapping include the Provincial Planning and Development Office (PPDO), City Planning and Development Office (CPDO), the Regional Nutrition Council, Department of Health (DOH), Comelec and the National Statistics Office (NSO). (PIA Region 1) [top]

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