LEGAZPI CITY: The provinces of Camarines Sur and Masbate were identified as having the highest number of poor families in the Listahanan second assessment report of the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) in the Bicol region.
Arnel Garcia, DSWD regional director, revealed there are 369,395 poor households in the Bicol region that is composed of six provinces, 107 municipalities, seven cities and 3,471 barangays.
The province of Camarines Sur has the highest percentage of poor households with 34 percent or 126,476 identified poor households; Masbate – 77,227 or 20 percent; Albay – 69,681 or 18.8 percent; Sorsogon – 48,555 or 13 percent; Camarines Norte –32,190 or 8.7 percent; and Catanduanes –15, 266 or 4.1 percent.
Catanduanes has the lowest number of poor families, most of them in rural areas with 84 percent or 310,706 households, while 16 percent or 58,689 households were in the urban areas.
The total number of poor individuals across Bicol is 2.340 million out of the more than five million population. Of this, 1.122 million are women while 1.218 million are men.
Children constitute 55 percent or 1.294 million in the population of poor individuals.
There are about 87,928 senior citizens belonging to poor families, 29,346 of them having disability.
Furthermore, 624,221 or 51 percent of poor individuals reported having no occupation while 215,932 or 17.7 percent were farmers, fisher folk and foresters.
Last year, the DSWD’s information management system called Listahanan conducted house-to-house assessment to get the socio-economic information of the households.
Listahanan shares the available database to stakeholders at no cost. Information such as statistics and magnitude can be obtained through data request. However, the list of poor families with names and household members shall be shared only upon execution of a memorandum of agreement between DSWD and the data user.