April 12, 2011

The Poorest of the Poor in the Cordilleras

If the National Household Targetting System for Poverty Reduction (NHTS-PR) of the DSWD is to be believed, then the poorest province in the Cordillera region would be Mountain Province and the least poor would be the City of Baguio.

The NHTS-PR surveyed the 233,863 households that comprises the Cordilleras and according to their survey, 79,135 of these households or 33.84 percent of them are poor.

Here's a breakdown of the 79,135 households deemed poor by province:
1) Mountain Province – 30,900
2) Abra – 17,509
3) Benguet – 13,819
4) Kalinga – 13,427
5) Ifugao – 12,032
6) Apayao – 11,119
7) Baguio City – 3,613

As we all know, surveys are never accurate and often they don't even come close to being fairly accurate. In fact the DSWD-CAR reportedly received nearly 40,000 complaints with regards to the survey. 40,000? Wow. 40,000 complaints from a survey that involved 233,000? How can you expect something accurate from this?

Anyway, good luck to everyone who is poor (I'm one of them) in this region. May we all prosper and get wealthy in the near future..:)

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