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Poverty Statistics 

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Annual Per Capita Food Threshold: 1997 and 2000

Annual per capita food threshold for the Philippines in 2000 stood at P7,829 for every Filipino, which is a 15.1 percent increase over the 1997 threshold of P6,801. The 2000 figure is equivalent to P21.46 per day (approximately P21.00) for the Philippines. Further, for an average Filipino family of size 5 (national average: exactly 5.0) to be able to meet its minimum food needs, the family should have a minimum income of P39,145 for the whole year or P 107.31 per day.

Top Ten in Provincial Food Thresholds in Year 2000

Among the provinces, Mt. Province has the highest food threshold in 2000. At the Mt. Province, an individual needs to have an annual income of P10,112 to meet his basic food needs. This was followed by NCR and Rizal, with thresholds of P9,561 and P9,487, respectively. Table 1 shows the ten (10) provinces with the highest food thresholds in 2000. It could be noted that nine (9) of them are from Luzon. Only one (1), Sulu, is from Mindanao.

Table 1. Top Ten in Provincial Food Thresholds, 1997 and 2000

PROVINCE 1997 2000
Mt. Province 8,842       10,112
NCR 8,495 9,561
Rizal 8,084 9,487
Batangas 8,283 9,484
Cavite 8,926 9,457
Nueva Ecija 7,929 9,392
Pampanga 8,218 9,336
Batanes 7,622 9,073
Sulu 7,623 9,062
Oriental Mindoro 7,697 9,022

Source: Social Sectors B Division, NSCB

Bottom Ten in Provincial Food Thresholds in Year 2000

The lowest food threshold, on the other hand, is in Bohol, at P6,329, followed by Zamboanga del Sur, P6,501, and Siquijor, P6,519. Table 2 shows the ten (10) provinces with the lowest food thresholds in 2000. Of these provinces, six (6) are in Visayas and four (4) are in Mindanao.

Table 2. Bottom Ten in Provincial Food Thresholds, 1997 and 2000

PROVINCE 1997 2000
Bohol 5,314 6,329
Zamboanga Sur 5,534 6,501
Siquijor 5,343 6,519
Bukidnon 6,211 6,561
Negros Oriental 5,889 6,602
Zamboanga Norte 5,556 6,678
Davao del Sur 6,569 6,846
Northern Samar 5,956 6,863
Basilan 6,103 6,919
Misamis Occidental 6,321 6,991

Source: Social Sectors B Division, NSCB

At the Regional Level

Food threshold grew in NCR by 13 percent. NCR posted the highest food thresholds in 2000 at P9,561, followed by CAR, Region III, and Region IV which posted P8,873, P8,797 and P8,682, respectively.

Region TOTAL Percentage Change (%)
1997 2000
Philippines 6,801 7,829 15.1
NCR - National Capital Region 8,495 9,561 12.5
Region I 7,396 8,609 16.4
Region II 6,433 7,526 17.0
Region III 7,537 8,797 16.7
Region IV 7,598 8,682 14.3
Region V 7,073 8,276 17.0
Region VI 7,019 8,109 15.5
Region VII 5,771 6,760 17.1
Region VIII 6,322 7,162 13.3
Region IX 5,557 6,586 18.5
Region X 6,285 6,897 9.7
Region XI 6,574 7,164 9.0
Region XII 6,720 7,714 14.8
CAR 7,748 8,873 14.5
ARMM 7,356 8,611 17.1
Caraga 6,651 7,492 12.7

*Food threshold refers to the minimum cost of food required to satisfy nutritional requirements for economically necessary and socially desirable physical activities.

Source: Social Sectors B Division, NSCB

 

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