What’s the 40 poorest provinces in the Philippines? Check out the list below, according to latest data of National Anti-Poverty Commission (NAPC).
NAPC is the organization created by law to oversee and implement the Philippine Government’s Social Reform and Poverty Alleviation Agenda (RA 8425).
Chaired by President Rodrigo Duterte himself with Atty. Noel K. Felongco as secretary and lead convenor, the NAPC will oversee, monitor and recommend measures to ensure effective formulation, resource allocation and management of the program. It will lead in evaluating the project towards policy formulation.
NAPC said that the 40 provinces that were identified as the poorest and most vulnerable to climate change are the following:
● Lanao del Sur
● Northern Samar
● Zamboanga del Norte
● Sultan Kudarat
● Agusan del Sur
● Western Samar
● Eastern Samar
● Negros Oriental
● Lanao del Norte
● North Cotabato
● Occidental Mindoro
● Surigao Del Sur
● Mt. Province
● Southern Leyte
● Misamis Occidental
● Camarines Norte
● Agusan del Norte
● Surigao Del Norte
● Davao del Norte
● Zamboanga Sibugay
● Cotabato City
● Davao Oriental
● Negros Occidental
● Camarines Sur (one of the recently typhoon-stricken provinces)
According to NAPC, the country’s poverty incidence currently stands at 21.6%, but they are targeting it to go down at 14% once “government services are brought closer to the 14 basic sectors of society without let-up.”
Felongco said that NAPC has figured out a formula—that combines social reform agenda and poverty reduction activities– in sustaining government services to these basic sectors.
The formula is embodied in the five-year Sambayanihan Serbisyong Sambayan (2018-2022) program that sought:
·To provide Informal Settler Families (ISFs) and the urban poor with basic services and access to climate-responsive dwelling, livelihood and employment
·Developing innovative infrastructure and financing mechanisms to the rural poor
·Strengthening rural-urban agro-economic value chains
·Securing the health and general well-being of poor communities
·Enhancing food security
·Mindanao special development program
The Malasakit Centers, a one-stop medical center established in 10 cities by President Duterte fits exactly into the system.
Felongco said the approach will be replicated in the regions where “the country’s top 40 most poverty-stricken provinces are located.” The regions also host the 10 poorest municipalities and the 10 poorest barangays.
With the reduction of poverty as the ultimate goal, the program is determined to engage the participation of 14 basic sectors (urban poor, farmers, fisherfolks, labor and informal labor, workers and informal workers, women, persons with disabilities, victims of disasters and calamities, children, senior citizens, non-government organizations and cooperatives) in the country’s top 40 poverty-stricken provinces.
“This is on instruction of President Duterte himself,” said Felongco, adding that the Sambayanihan or convergence approach will not leave out any province.
“We shall go to all provinces without exception to engage all 14 basic sectors that make up the majority of Philippine society,” he said.
Felongco said the approach is meant to capacitate or to show to the basic sectors how to engage government services in addressing the 10 basic needs that included food, water, shelter, work, health care, education, social protection, healthy environment, peace and participation in decision-making.
“The Duterte administration may look harsh against corruption and illegal drugs, but it has the concerns of the poor at heart, hence this continuing social reform program and poverty reduction activities,” said Felongco.
At the same time, Felongco urged local government units nationwide to draw up their local climate change action plan (LCCAP) to stave off widespread devastation similar to what Typhoon Usman inflicted in the Bicol region.
“The LGUs should act with urgency in crafting their own local climate change action plan before it is too late,” he said.
Felongco also urged all LGUs in the country’s top 40 poorest provinces to come up with their own local climate change action plans.
He said agency is very much willing to provide assistance to the LGUs in the formulation of their own LCCAPs as part of ADAPT 40/10/10 as a long term solution.
40/10/10 represents the top 40 poverty stricken provinces, the top 10 poorest municipalities and the top 10 poorest barangays.
The NAPC has identified all LGUs especially the 40 poorest provinces that are most vulnerable to climate change as determined under NAPC’s Actionable Development Agenda for Poverty Transformation (ADAPT) 40/10/10.