SURIIN ANG KAHIRAPAN
About 1 in every 10 Filipinos, or 10 percent of the total 90 million population – survives on just $1 per day, while another 41.2 percent on less than $2 daily, according to the World Bank. It also notes that the poverty situation in the Philippines is worse than in other countries of the Southeast Asian region.
Even worse, the Philippines reportedly has one of the highest levels of income inequality in Asia. The income of 30 out of 100 Filipinos falls far short of the minimum cost of satisfying basic requirements, and live below the poverty threshold.
In the most impoverished provinces, the delivery of basic services remains grossly inadequate and effete. The lack of checks and balances, and the dismal participation of citizens in government affairs, have also further weakened their capability to address pressing concerns.
The state-run National Statistical Coordination Board (NSCB) lists in its 2003 report that of the country’s 83 provinces, the following are the poorest: Zamboanga del Norte, Maguindanao, Masbate, Surigao del Norte and Agusan del Sur.Read more...