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Robredo wants PSA to justify poverty incidence report

AKLAN. Vice President Leni Robredo talks to women of Aklan for a brief meeting before attending the launching of the Ahon Laylayan Koalisyon in Aklan. (Jun Aguirre)

KALIBO, Aklan -- Vice President Leni Robredo said she is awaiting for the Philippine Statistics Authority's (PSA) justification on the reported dropping of poverty incidence in the country.

In an interview here Thursday afternoon, April 11, Robredo said she wants the PSA to become transparent and reveal its basis in coming up with the report.

The PSA reported Thursday, April 10, that poverty incidence in the country fell to 21 percent in the first half of 2018 compared to the 27.6 percent recorded in the first half of 2015, putting the government on track in meeting its target of lifting at least one million people from poverty every year.

Robredo said although she anticipate the poverty incidence to drop because of several government programs that were institutionalized prior to the Duterte administration, "I still awaits for the basis of report from the PSA."

"It seems still hard for the farmers to generate the P10,481 a month needed to live for a five persons in a family," she said.

Robredo was in Aklan Thursday, April 11, together with several candidates under the Otso Diretso political party.

They attended the launching of the Ahon Laylayan Koalisyon in the province of Aklan. Some 300 groups from different sectors are reportedly joining the coalition.

The launching was held at the Northwestern Visayan College Gym. (SunStar Philippines)


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