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NSCB names Davao Sur town as R-XI's poorest LGU

by Prix D Banzon

Davao City (22 November) -- The National Statistical Coordination Board (NSCB XI) has named Jose Abad Santos as the poorest municipalities in 2003 for Region XI based on Poverty Statistics that was made available on September 8, 2008.

NSCB regional head Estrella R. Turingan the town ranked first with poverty incidence at 84.6 followed by Don Marcelino wth 80.8, Sarangani placed third with 78.7, Talaingod, 78.6, Laak, 69.6, Malita, 64.6, Santa Maria, 63.6, Manay, 63.4, Tarragona, 62.3 and Caraga, 57.3.

Turingan said of the ten poorest municipalities, five were from Davao del Sur, three in Davao Oriental and two in Davao del Norte.

Former regional director of the National Economic and Development Authority (NEDA XI) turned economic professor Edmundo Prantilla said of the 20 poorest municipalities in the Philippines, 10 were found in Mindanao.

He said six of these were in Region IX, two in Region X and one each in Region XI and Caraga Region.

Opposite to the poorest municipalities were richest cities and towns with Kidapawan City topping the list of six with only 12.46 percent poverty incidence followed by General Santos City at 13.98 percent, Koronadal City, 14.29 percent and Davao City, 14.5 percent. Tagum City had 15.42 percent and Cagayan de Oro City, 15.5 percent.

It may be noted that places near the center recorded much lower in poverty incidence but Turingan said that Davao City is the center for trade and commerce has higher poverty incidence than the city of Kidapawan.

Turingan explained that poverty incidence has something to do with inflation rate and figures in Davao City showed that base on per capita income of people they could not catch up with the price increases of basic commodities in the city.

"Poverty incidence is driven by prices of commodities," she said.

She cited that in Batanes for instance which recorded zero poverty incidence meaning the people had the capacity based on the prices of commodities in their area.

Turingan explained that poverty incidence refers to the proportion of population (or families) with per capita income less than the per capita poverty threshold to the total number of population or families.

She said poverty gap is the total income shortfall of families with income below the poverty threshold, divided by the number of families. (PIA) [top]

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