• Nearly half of ARMM populace dirt-poor

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    COTABATO CITY: The Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao (ARMM) government is set to establish credible baseline data of the region’s socio-economic standing to help guide policymakers, officials announced during Monday’s launching of the 24th National Statistics Month celebration.

    Haroun Al-Rashid Lucman Jr., ARMM Regional vice governor and concurrent Social Welfare secretary, underscored the importance of reliable baseline figures in addressing the high poverty incidence and other dismal human development indicators in the Muslim autonomous region.

    The National Statistics Coordination Board (NSCB) released figures that ARMM has a staggering 46.9-percent poverty incidence for the period of 2009-2012.

    “Statistics matter when it is used to plan out policies and programs that will address the needs of the people,” Lucman emphasized.

    Suod Badrodin, an official of the National Statistics Office in the ARMM said consistent with the theme, “Statistics that matter to every Filipino,” they envision a statistical system that is proactive, responsive and reliable.

    Julmunnir I. Jannaral

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