NSA: Pangasinan, “least poor” province 

SAN FERNANDO CITY–The province of Pangasinan joined the rank of the least poor provinces of the country based on the first semester data of 2018 released by the National Statistics Authority (NSA) regional office.

This according to Danites Iñigo, OIC of Statistical Operations and Coordination Division of NSA Region 1, is a recognition of the Pangasinan government’s successful programs to reduce the level of poverty in the province.

La Union, Ilocos Norte and Ilocos Sur also joined the highest bracket of Cluster 5 in 2018, leaping from Cluster 4 rank.

She said Pangasinan made an impressive improvement, from 23.0 percent in 2015 to 10.5 percent in 2018 or a variance of 12.5 percent in 2018 in poverty incidence, the second highest among top 10 most populated provinces in the country after Nueva Ecija at 13.1 percent.

The second semester data for 2018 is still being analyzed but Iñigo is confident that the result will be the same as in the first semester considering the strong economic performance of Region 1 that year.

Divino Amor Rivera, statistical specialist II, said the poverty threshold in Pangasinan in 2015 per family was P11,373 and has increased to P13,160 in 2018. “So bumaba po siya (poverty incident), said Rivera, who is in charge of household and establishment-based survey at NSA Region 1.

He said the coefficient variation on the 90 percent interval in 2015 registered a lower limit of 20 and an upper limit of 24. In 2018, it had a lower limit of 8.7 and an upper limit of 12.2 in 2015. 

In other Region 1 provinces, their poverty incidence all went down, resulting in 8.7 for the whole region in 2018, from 20.4 in 2015.

Malaki po ang province of Pangasinan. So in the previous years, malaki po ang poverty incidence niya. Ang significant dito ay more than twice and pag-drop niya ng poverty incidence,” Iñigo said.   

On the poverty threshold level, the average Pangasinan family of five members, it should have an income of P13,160 monthly to be considered non-poor.

She said in the food threshold, it should have P9,198 monthly to sustain the minimum requirement of a size five family in Pangasinan in 2018. (Leonardo Micua)

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