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 Press Release

Filipino families of five living in NCR needed PhP 8,254 monthly income
in 2006 to stay out of poverty
(
PR-200706-SS1-03, Posted 21 June 2007)

Pursuant to the commitment towards efficient delivery of products, the National Statistical Coordination Board (NSCB) released the revised 2006 food and poverty thresholds, using the regional menus developed by the Food and Nutrition Research Institute and price data collected by the National Statistics Office (NSO) and Bureau of Agriculture Statistics (BAS).  In line with the thrust of providing relevant, timely and accurate poverty statistics, the preliminary 2006 food and poverty thresholds were earlier released by the NSCB on 2 March 2007 using a model-based estimation methodology for the estimation of the thresholds approved by the NSCB Executive Board on 14 February 2007.  This methodology allowed for the computation of advance estimates of food and poverty thresholds even before price data for the reference year are made available by the NSO and BAS.

Based on the prevailing prices in NCR for 2006, the poverty threshold posted a 5.4 percent increase from the figure posted in 2005. In other words, Filipino families living in NCR comprising of five members should have earned a monthly income of PhP 8,254 to be able to sustain their families’ minimum basic food and non-food needs. Of the PhP 8,254 monthly income, PhP 4,920 (60 percent of the poverty threshold) should have been allocated for basic food needs and PhP 3,334 (40 percent of the poverty threshold) to basic non-food needs of the family.  On the other hand, at the national level, a family of five needed PhP 204 daily to buy their minimum basic food and non-food needs.

Table 1. Monthly and Daily Poverty and Food threshold for a Family of Five, 2005-2006

 

Monthly

Daily

2005

2006

2005

2006

PHILIPPINES

Poverty Threshold

5,853

6,211

193

204

Food Threshold

3,904

4,151

128

137

Urban

Poverty Threshold

6,680

7,098

220

233

Food Threshold

4,280

4,558

141

150

Rural

Poverty Threshold

5,540

5,885

182

194

Food Threshold

3,816

4,057

126

133

NCR

Poverty Threshold

7,829

8,254

258

272

Food Threshold

4,667

4,920

154

162

Among provinces, excluding the four districts of NCR, annual per capita poverty threshold was highest in Batangas with PhP 18,404 followed by Cavite (PhP 17,876) and Abra (PhP 17,682).  Of the ten provinces with the highest annual per capita poverty threshold, nine are in Luzon and one in Mindanao.

Table 2.  Top Ten in Provincial Annual per Capita Poverty Threshold, 2006

Provinces

Poverty threshold

Rank

2005

2006

2005

2006

NCR

18,788

19,808

 

 

Batangas

17,168

18,404

2

1

Cavite

17,155

17,876

3

2

Abra

17,682

17,682

1

3

Bulacan

16,506

17,305

4

4

Nueva Ecija

15,813

17,066

9

5

Rizal

16,114

16,971

8

6

Cotabato City

14,908

16,872

21

7

Pampanga

16,377

16,802

6

8

Benguet

15,711

16,597

11

9

Laguna

15,639

16,531

12

10

The poverty threshold, on the other hand, is lowest in Siquijor (PhP 12,016), Negros Oriental (PhP 12,120), and Zamboanga Sibugay (PhP 12,153).  Of the ten provinces with the lowest annual per capita poverty thresholds in 2006, two are in Luzon, five are in Visayas, and three are in Mindanao.

Table 3.  Bottom Ten in Provincial Annual per Capita Poverty Threshold, 2006

Provinces

Poverty threshold

Rank

2005

2006

2005

2006

NCR

18,788

19,808

 

 

Siquijor

12,016

12,016

77

80

Negros Oriental

10,990

12,120

81

79

Zamboanga Sibugay

11,500

12,153

80

78

Biliran

12,293

12,341

73

77

Cagayan

11,863

12,501

79

76

Eastern Samar

12,575

13,029

69

75

North Cotabato

12,645

13,047

66

74

Romblon

12,137

13,138

75

73

Zamboanga Sur

12,725

13,202

65

72

Bohol

11,992

13,236

78

71

Looking at the urban-rural disparity, families residing in urban areas needed to earn 21 percent more than families living in rural areas. Among the regions, excluding NCR, Region 6 has the lowest urban-rural difference with only 1.7 percent while Region 5 has the highest urban-rural difference of 31.8 percent.

Table 4. Regional Annual per capita thresholds for urban and rural areas, 2006

Region

Urban

Rural

Urban - Rural Difference

Level

%

PHILIPPINES

17,035

14,123

2,912

20.6

Region I

16,284

15,699

585

3.7

Region II

15,450

12,973

2,476

19.1

Region III

17,589

15,474

2,115

13.7

Region IV-A

17,779

16,771

1,008

6.0

Region IV-B

15,420

14,184

1,236

8.7

Region V

18,493

14,027

4,466

31.8

Region VI

14,759

14,515

245

1.7

Region VII

14,482

12,741

1,742

13.7

Region VIII

14,420

13,325

1,096

8.2

Region IX

16,160

12,898

3,262

25.3

Region X

15,805

13,687

2,118

15.5

Region XI

17,221

13,860

3,360

24.2

Region XII

16,783

12,878

3,905

30.3

CAR

17,316

15,895

1,420

8.9

ARMM

16,491

14,528

1,962

13.5

Caraga

17,270

14,059

3,211

22.8

For inquiries, please contact Ms. Jessamyn O. Encarnacion or Mr. Joseph M. Addawe at telephone numbered +632-8965390 or through e-mail addresses jo.encarnacion@nscb.gov.ph / jm.addawe@nscb.gov.ph

 

ROMULO A. VIROLA
Secretary General

 

 

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