GRINDING poverty that has become trenchant in the Philippine countryside has in its grip seven of every 10 Filipinas—72.5 percent of the poor women are in rural areas while 27.5 percent of them dwell in the cities and urban areas.
With hardly any access to higher institutions of learning to gain needful skills and competencies required by the job market, most Filipinas remain mired in poverty and misery, according to the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD).
The Department revealed Thursday that a total of 14.4 million Filipino women are poor.
Figures from the National Household Targeting System for Poverty Reduction (NHTSPR) or Listahanan of the DSWD shows that nearly half or 48.2 percent of the total 28.8 million women are poor.
Among women who have not reached the age of majority, 53 percent or 15.26 million are poor; among those of legal age, 13.53 million are poor.
The DSWD statistics reveals that 22.53 percent were not able to finish or complete any grade level; 13.54 percent of the poor women had gone through grade school while only 12.91 percent finished high school.
Further, the study shows a big number of unemployed Filipinas.
Listahanan figures show that 5.2 million or 66.41 percent of Filipinas are unemployed.
At least 860, 259 or 10.98 percent of poor women in the 15-years and up age bracket laborers or unskilled workers, while 587, 444 or 7.5 percent are farmers or fisherfolk.
DSWD Secretary Dinky Soliman said that the Listahanan names the poor women in need of assistance.
“Thus, its primary use is to be the basis for identifying beneficiaries of anti-poverty programs and services,” Soliman said.
Listahanan, launched in October 2011, is a project of the national government with DSWD as implementor. It is an information management system that identifies who and where the poor are nationwide.
The statistics released by the DSWD was based on the Lista–hanan’s data as of July 1, 2011.
Most of the poor Filipinas are in the provinces within the Autonomous Region of Muslim Mindanao (10.4 percent), Zamboanga Peninsula (6.5 percent) and Eastern Visayas (6.4 percent).