10 October 2006

Real provincial indicators: Bicol poverty series (4)

BY TAKING out the number of poor city households from the provincial totals, Table 4 provides a more accurate picture of the comparative poverty and governance indicators among the Bicol provinces.

The table shows that eliminating double-counting actually shows increased poverty incidence and income per capita levels for the four provinces with cities
(highlighted). More specifically:

1. Real poverty incidence will increase, from a low of 2.47 percentage points (Masbate) to a high of 5.55 (Sorsogon);

2. Camarines Sur’s increase in poverty incidence (4.25 percentage points) is sufficient to push it a rung higher, dislodging Albay from third spot; and

3. Real income per capita proportionately rises, from a low of P65 or by 11% (Masbate) to as much as P225 or 48% (Albay).


senenebio said...

The PIDS gis site shows these stats but only up to provincial level. Should be drilled down to at least municipality/city level.

see example:

Willy B. Prilles, Jr. said...

Hi Senen. I think it's just a matter of updating the PIDS server. If you will check the NSCB website, they have a graphical poverty map for each province.

But then again, just like our IT initiatives, the usefulness of these data will depend on the targeted community of users.

This calls for better information dissemination efforts among ordinary residents and interest groups and hopefully more sustained discussion of the data. If these statistic can assume a 'human face' in every locality, so much the better.

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