PSA-BARMM reports 2018 Official Poverty Statistics
OIC-Regional Director Razulden A. Mangelen of PSA-BARMM reported the latest official poverty statistics of ARMM for 2018 during the Regional Dissemination Forum on 2018 Full-Year Official Poverty Statistics last 18 February 2020 at Alnor Convention Center, Cotabato City.
According to OIC-RD Mangelen, 61.3 percent of Filipinos in the region are poor or those whose income is not sufficient to meet their basic food and non-food needs. This is 2.4 percentage points higher than that in 2015. Among families, the proportion of poor families in the region in 2018 was estimated at 53.6 percent, which is equivalent to 352.4 families. Meanwhile, 29.6 percent of the population and 22.8 percent of the families in ARMM are food poor, or those whose whose income is not sufficient to meet even the basic food needs.
This event was headed by OIC-RD Mangelen; Mahmur H. Sarail, Chief of the Statistical Operations and Coordination Division (SOCD) of PSA-BARMM and Provincial Statistics Officers (PSOs) of PSA-BARMM; together with Atty. Maqtahar L. Manulon, OIC-Deputy National Statistician of PSA Civil Registration and Central Support Office (CRCSO) and other technical specialists from PSA Central Office. It was also attended by officials and representatives of line agencies, media and other stakeholders.
Moreover, Chief Minister Ahod B. Balawag of BARMM shared an inspirational message through Atty. Aying Asis, Assistant Regional Cabinet Secretary. He provided an overview of the regional government’s efforts in mitigating poverty through moral governance since its establishment. According to him, poverty has always been the expected outcome of decades of unimaginable conflict and low development in the region. In relation to this, Chief Minister Balawag acknowledged the importance of statistics in the programs that they implement to address such issues. According to him, quality data helps them ensure that the plans they laydown and the programs and services they deliver are truly responsive to the needs of the Bangsamoro People.