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Three out of ten families still poor

January 7 - 13, 2017

MAASIN CITY - Not less than three in every ten households in Southern Leyte remain poor and lack the means to feed themselves, according to reports shown by the Philippine Statistics Authority’s (PSA) Family Income and Expenditure Survey (FIES) conducted from July 2015 and January 2016.

Based on PSA’s 2015 statistical data, poverty incidence in Southern Leyte shows 30.2 percent of the province’s families continue to wallow in poverty.

The data however shows that there has been a 3.8 percent improvement since the last poverty incidence report which was made in 2012. Improvements in poverty incidence among families were observed in all six provinces in Easter n Visayas region, except that of Northern Samar, which registered an increase of 4.4 percent in its poverty rate.

Biliran registered the lowest poverty incidence among families at 17.4 percent. Leyte ranked second lowest at 23.6 percent, followed by Southern Leyte, Eastern Samar and Samar with 30.2, 37.4 and 39.5 percent, respectively.

In Eastern Visayas, Southern Leyte ranked fourth poorest among all the provinces.

The 2015 survey found out that 13.9 percent in the province were living in subsistence, meaning their income are just adequate enough for them to eat three square meals in a day. Southern Leyte was registered having the highest annual per capita poverty threshold at 23,318 pesos.(By MARK L. RIMAS)






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