NegOcc named as highest poor household region

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Monday, April 21, 2014


NEGROS Occidental was identified with the highest magnitude of poor households based on the revised Philippine Development Plan (PDP) released recently by Socio-Economic Planning Office.

The region was included under Category 1 along with Zamboanga del Sur, Cebu, Pangasinan, Camarines Sur, Leyte, Iloilo, Sulu, Quezon, and Davao del Sur.

Frank Carbon, president of the Metro Bacolod Chamber of Commerce and Industry (MBCCI), said the province was included in the category, because it is still dependent on a mono-crop industry which is the sugar industry until present.

He said about 50 percent of the population in Negros Occidental are still dependent on the sugar industry and that these population have only about six to seven earning months.

"For about five months, this population are not earning because they are so much dependent on the sugar industry," he said.

Poverty reduction efforts will be focused on improving infrastructure to attract more job-generating investments in agro-industry, food manufacturing, information technology-business process management, logistics and tourism, based on the revised PDP.

Published in the Sun.Star Bacolod newspaper on April 21, 2014.

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