BAGUIO CITY: Poverty indicators in the Cordillera Administrative Region show continuing improvement towards better quality of life, results of a recent Philippine Statistics Authority (PSA) survey showed.
PSA Regional Director Villafe Alibuyog said that results from the 2015 First Semester Family Income and Expenditure Survey (FIES) (done in July 2015 but results released recently) indicate that poverty incidence or the proportion of people below the poverty threshold to the total population of the region was estimated at 26.7 percent, a 2.0-percent improvement compared to the 28.7 percent recorded during the same FIES survey in 2012.
In terms of poverty incidence among Cordillera families, it is estimated at 20.6 percent, also a 2.0-percent decrease compared to the 2012 data.
The survey also showed that subsistence incidence among Cordillerans improved to 12.5 percent in the first half of 2015, a 3.5-percent improvement compared to the 16% recorded in 2012.
As per capita (per population), the subsistence incidence among families in extreme poverty in the region also went down by 3.1 percent from 12.3 percent in the first semester of 2012 to 9.2 percent during the same period in 2015.
Subsistence incidence is directly correlated to the food threshold or the minimum income required to meet the basic food needs and satisfy the nutritional requirements set by the Food and Nutritional Research Institute to ensure that one remains economically and socially productive. Poverty threshold or poverty line in a similar concept includes basic non-food needs such as clothing, housing, transportation, health and educational expenses.
Based on PSA data, a family of five in Cordillera Administrative Region needs a monthly minimum wage of P6,390 to meet the family’s basic food needs.