RD Asaad presents ARMM Poverty Statistics at 2017 PSAI Annual Conference
Regional Director of PSA-ARMM Dr. Abubakar S. Asaad presented the official poverty statistics of ARMM, entitled Poverty Incidence in the Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao which was co-athored by Mahmur H. Sarail, Naldo G. Pendaliday, Abdulbasit E. Abdulsamad, Sittie Asmalia D. Cornell, Farhana Jane S. Linso and Dynrazil A. Nuron, last September 28, 2017 during the Scientific Session: Official Statistics of the 2017 Philippine Statistical Association, Inc. (PSAI) Annual Conference, co-organized by GEOSATA Systems Technologies, Inc. and Philippine Statistics Authority, with the theme Statistics in Support of the Local Economy, at Sugarland Hotel, Bacolod City, Negros Occidental.
Dr. Asaad reported that ARMM had a decrease of 0.5 percentage points in poverty incidence, based on the final results of the 2015 Family Income and Expenditure Survey (FIES), the official source of income and expenditure data of families in the country. However, the region still recorded the highest poverty incidence in the country. A family of five members in the region must earn at least Php8,985 average monthly income to sustain its daily nutritional needs and other non-food basic requirements. Moreover, the Millenium Development Goals (MDGs) target of ARMM on reducing the poverty incidence by 13.45 percent was not realized.
The conclusion of this study states that the official poverty statistics reported is limited to income variable only. According to the 1997 UNDP Human Development Report, poverty is not determined only by income, but also health, education, communcation, human and political rights, dignity, confidence and self-respect. Moreover, with the high poverty incidence in the region, Dr. Asaad stated that the ARMM Regional Government (ARG) has been focusing on mitigating this problem through implementation of infrastructure programs across the region, which is believed to be a long-term tool for poverty alleviation. In line with this, ARG designed the ARMM-HELPS and ARMM-BRIDGE Apat na Dapat programs to address the roots of poverty. ARMM-HELPS aims to establish a peaceful and secure environment through the provision of social services in health, education, livelihood, peace and good governance, and synergy to the communities8 while ARMM-BRIDGE Apat na Dapat, focuses on the provision of the four basic needs of the poorest of the poor which are water and sanitation, food, shelter and light.
Lisa Grace S. Bersales of the Philippine Statistics Authority, Elaine Ocambo of the Geodata Systems Technologies, Inc. and Rosemarie G. Edillon of the National Economic and Development Authority presented the Data Demands. Data Landscapes. Data Ecosystems.; Geospatial Technologies for Building, Analyzing and Sharing Statistical Data to Support Local Economic Development; and AMBISYON Natin 2040, respectively, which basically provided an overview for the whole conference. The Keynote Address of Senator Sherwin T. Gatchalian, Chair of the Senate Committee on Economic Affairs and Senate Committee on Energy was also one of the highlights of this event. Sen. Gatchalian emphasized the importance of statistics to and advocated the evidence-based policy-making for an efficient governance.
Together with Dr. Asaad, other PSA-ARMM employees, namely Naser S. Usman (Provincial Statistics Officer of Basilan), Noronisa D. Macadadaya (PSO of Lanao del Sur), Razulden A. Mangelen (PSO of Maguindanao), Medzhor A. Tan (PSO of Sulu), Akan G. Tula (Supervising Statistical Specialist, PSA-Maguindanao), Moh Sahnur S. Udjah (Supervising Statistical Specialsit, PSA-Sulu), Naldo G. Pendaliday (Senior Statistical Specialist, RSSO-ARMM), Norhayyah A. Tula (Senior Statistical Specialist, RSSO-ARMM), Amar L. Hailaya (Statistical Specialist II, PSA-Tawi-Tawi), Farhana Jane S. Linso (Acting Statistical Analyst, RSSO-ARMM), Dynrazil A. Nuron (Acting Assistant Statistician), also attended the conference on September 28 and 29 and the simultaneous trainings on September 27. Dr. Asaad, PSO Mangelen, PSO Tan, Mr. Tula, Mr. Pendaliday and Ms. Linso attended the Training on Impact Monitoring and Evaluation for LGUs by Dr. Dennis S. Mapa and Prof. Manuel Leonard F. Albis; PSO Usman, PSO Macadadaya, Mr. Udjah, Ms. Tula and Mr. Hailaya joined Training on Statistics Using Geographic Information Systems (GIS); while Mr. Nuron ventured in Training on Inferential Statistics for K to 12 Teachers.