Region XI families need P6,290 monthly income to survive
By Mai Gevera
Davao City (4 April) -- A family of five in Region XI must earn P6,290 monthly income to survive in 2007.
This is the recent data released by the National Statistics coordinating Board (NSCB) raising the monthly poverty threshold for a family of five from last year's P5,990 to P6,290 this year.
Despite a slight increase of wage implemented in the previous years, a family earner is still required to work double to match the price increase of consumer goods.
The NSCB data showed that an urban dweller must earn above the poverty threshold of P17,198 to survive while a rural dweller needs an annual income above P14,240 inorder to sustain basic needs.
Of this minimum annual per capita income requirement, P10,410 is intended for sustaining food needs and the remaining P4,685 is intended for other basic needs.
Meanwhile, annual per capita food threshold of the region this year reached P10,410, a five percent increase over the food threshold of P9,892 in 2006. Therefore, a family of five members must have an income of P52,050 for this year or P143 per day to be able to meet their minimum food needs.
Minimum wage earners in the region get a salary of P230 to P240 if they work in Davao city, Digos, Samal, Panabo and Tagum while workers in the four provinces in the region get as low as P228 to P238 daily.
They may have passed the food threshold, however other expenditures may be affected such as education, shelter, water, power, and other basic expenses.
However, this has been addressed and given priority by the National Government by strengthening its Hunger Mitigation Program (HMP). In a National Nutrition Council (NNC) Board Meeting held last Friday in Malacaņang, President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo ordered the fast-tracking and improvement of the existing components of the HMP, including the food-for-school program (FSP), the food-for-work program and various feeding programs of the non-government and religious organizations.
In a statement Press secretary Ignacio Bunye bared that "The drive to cut hunger is a centerpiece of the social payback on economic growth, and will be implemented side by side with a strong skills training and micro-enterprise campaign to get at the root of poverty in a comprehensive manner,"
He added, "The P1 billion allocated for our anti-hunger program will continue to be beefed up primarily to make sure children are up on their feet and fit for school every morning, but their families will also be served with a menu of interventions to lift them up through jobs and enterprise.
This, the present administration assures, that the economic development now being experience by the country would trickle down to the grassroots. (PIA XI) [top]