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Davao Region's poverty incidence still lowest in Mindanao

by Prix D Banzon

Davao City (13 August) -- "With the poverty line going up in 2008 already we can predict maraming mahuhulog sa baba". This was the observation made by Estrella Turingan, regional head of the National Statistical Coordination Board XI in a recent business forum held at the Marco Polo Davao.

But Turingan said they do not make projections although she said given such trend then they can make rough estimates at maraming mahulog kasi tataas ang inflation. At dapat habulin ng increase sa income ang pagtaas ng poverty line.

She said if the income does not move faster than the poverty line then there will be more poor.

In a fact sheet released by NSCB as of March 31, 2008 it indicated that in 2006, poverty incidence of families, or the proportion of families with per capita income below the poverty threshold, increased to 30.6 percent compared with the 28.5 percent in 2003. This corresponds to an increase of 2.1 percentage points during the three years period.

It also showed that Davao region's poverty incidence is still the lowest in Mindanao in terms of the proportion of poor families.

Among the provinces in the region, Davao Oriental had the highest number of poor families in 2006, with 41 out of 100 families classified as poor. Davao del Norte, however, recorded the highest increase in poverty incidence among families.

In 2006, poverty incidence of the province increased to 37.7 percent from 30.3 percent in 2003, which corresponds to a 7.4 percentage points increase in three years span. Davao del Sur had the highest drop in poverty incidence.

Poverty incidence of families dropped by 1.2 percentage points in 2006, which made the province the least poor among the provinces in the region with only 23 out of 100 families categorized as poor.

The number of poor Davaoenos also increased. In 2006, 37 out of 100 Davaoenos were poor compared to 35 in 2003. Davao del Norte recorded the highest increase in poverty incidence among the population consistent with the trend of poverty incidence among families. Incidence of poor population in that province increased to 44.8 percent in 2006 from 36.8 percent in 2003, which corresponds to 8-percentage points growth.

Davao Oriental registered the largest number of poor among the provinces. In Davao Oriental, 49 out of 100 population were considered as poor in 2006, Davao del Sur had the least number of poor in 2006 with only 27 out of 100 population.

Davao Region's annual per capita poverty threshold increased from the P11,399 in 2003 to P14,942 in 2006, up by 31.1 percent during the period.

Thus, in 2006, a family of five members needed P6,226 monthly income or P205 daily income to sustain their minimum basic needs, both food and non-food. (PIA) [top]

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