The Philippine Statistics Authority (PSA) releases its latest report today on the country’s official poverty statistics for the basic sectors for 2012. The PSA report provides the estimates of poverty incidence for 9 of the 14 basic sectors identified in Republic Act 8425, Social Reform and Poverty Alleviation Act using the income and sectoral data from the merged Family Income and Expenditure Survey (FIES) and Labor Force Survey (LFS).
5 of the 9 basic sectors have higher poverty incidence than the general population
Fishermen, farmers and children consistently posted the highest poverty incidences among the nine basic sectors in the Philippines in 2012 at 39.2%, 38.3% and 35.2%, respectively. Also, 5 of the 9 basic sectors consisting of fishermen, farmers, children, self-employed, unpaid family workers and women, have higher poverty incidence than the general population estimated at 25.2% in 2012.
3/ Poverty estimates for the three other basic sectors, i.e., indigenous people, persons with disabilities, and victims of calamities and disasters were not generated as information on these were not available in the merged FIES and LFS, the major data sources for the estimation of poverty statistics for the basic sectors. On the other hand, poverty estimates for the remaining two sectors, i.e., nongovernment organization, and cooperatives are not generated as they are not applicable due to the nature of the sector (i.e., not individuals).