City's 13.2% poverty incidence is lowest in Davao Region

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Thursday, August 9, 2012


THE National Statistical Coordination Board (NSCB) said on Wednesday that Davao City topped the cities and municipalities with lowest poverty incidence in Davao Region based on the 2009 Small Area Estimate (SAE).

Estrella Turingan, regional director of NSCB, speaking in Wednesday's Club 888 forum at the Marco Polo Hotel, said Davao City posted 13.2 percent of poverty incidence, the lowest in the region.

This is followed by Padada in Davao del Sur with 14.6 percent poverty incidence, Panabo City in Davao del Norte with 14.8 percent, Tagum City in Davao del Norte with 15 percent, and Digos City in Davao del Sur with 18.8 percent.

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Bansalan in Davao del Sur comes next with 21.3 percent poverty incidence, followed by Kapalong in Davao del Norte with 21.5 percent, Hagonoy in Davao del Sur with 22.9 percent, Santo Tomas in Davao del Norte with 23.5 percent, and Compostella in Compostella Valley (Comval) with 26.5 percent.

In the NSCB fact sheet, Davao Region's poverty incidence is pegged at 31.3 percent in 2009, reflecting a decrease of 0.4 percent from 31.7 percent in 2006.

She said poverty incidence is the proportion of population or families with per capita income less than the per capita poverty threshold to the total number of population or families.

Based on a fact briefer, poverty threshold, or poverty line, refers to the cost of the basic food and non-food requirements valued in pesos. It also refers to the minimum income required to meet the food and non-food requirement of the families.

Turingan said those individuals with P46.68 a day or an annual per capita threshold of P17,040 fall under the poverty line.

She added that NSCB derived the data from different survey results on labor force, family income and expenditures, and census on housing and population.

Meanwhile, the town of Kapalong in Davao del Norte placed first among the top ten most improved cities and municipalities in Davao Region in terms of poverty incidence drop based on 2009 small area estimate (SAE).

Kapalong posted 21.5 percent of poverty incidence, which improved by over a half from 51 - two percent in 2003. Talaingod in Davao del Norte comes next with 62.6 percent of poverty incidence, a decrease in poverty incidence of 15.96 percent from 78.6 percent in 2003.

Pantukan, Comval follows next with 28.3 percent, down by 15.81 percent from 44.1 percent in 2003, Santa Maria in Davao del Sur with 48.5 percent, with an improvement of 15.03 percent from 63.6 percent poverty incidence in 2003.

Laak in Comval comes next with 54.7 percent poverty incidence, down by 14.97 percent from 69.6 percent in 2003, Maragusan in Comval with 35.6 percent poverty incidence in 2009, down by 14.76 percent from 50.3 percent in 2003, Compostella in Comval with 26.5 percent, down by 14.44 percent from 41 percent in 2003.

Don Marcelino in Davao del Norte with 66.5 percent poverty incidence in 2009, down by 14.3 percent from 80.8 percent in 2003, Jose Abad Santos in Davao del Sur with 72.3 percent poverty incidence in 2009, down by 12.31 percent from 84.6 percent in 2003. Island Garden City of Samal (Igacos) in Davao del Norte with 32.8 percent poverty incidence, down by 11.65 percent from 44.5 percent in 2003.

Published in the Sun.Star Davao newspaper on August 09, 2012.

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