Regional poverty incidence target: 13.6% by 2022

THE POVERTY incidence in the Davao Region is projected to go down to 13.6% by 2022 as the national government has continued to provide programs that will impact on all social classes,

the Regional Development Council (RDC) XI bared.

As of 2015, data from the Philippine Statistics Authority (PSA) showed that the region’s poverty incidence stood at about 22% which could be translated to 192,449 extremely poor families.

In RDC’s Davao Regional Development Plan 2017-2022, Priscilla R. Sonido, assistant regional director of National Economic and Development Authority (NEDA) XI, said to be able to reduce poverty incidence to 13.6%, the government must intensify its inclusive growth programs.

Additional jobs, Sonido said, have to be also generated to prevent unemployment.

Maria Lourdes D. Lim, regional director of NEDA XI, said one of the factors was the population growth. As of 2015, PSA reported that the region’s population already reached to 4.8 million.

“We have to capitalize our efforts on building the future through arresting that population growth,” Lim said.

Throughout the country, NEDA deputy director-general Rosemarie G. Edillon said they targeted that the poverty incidence should be reduced to 20% from the current at 30%.

This, she said, has to be reduced as they projected that the Philippines should craft a program that will push the country to graduate into a middle-income nation by 2022 from its current position as a lower middle-income country, which has been the country’s situation for 30 years.

Edillon said among the goals are to implement programs that would help delay the age of early pregnancy and increase the presence of competitiveness to attain the target. She said there should be correct policies, programs, and projects to achieve inclusive growth.

The national government also envisioned that attaining full inclusive growth would be realized by 2040.

“By 2040, Philippines will be prosperous and predominantly middle-class society where no one is poor,” Edillon said.

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