TAGBILARAN CITY – There may be no other way but assert, if not defend, the stand of the provincial government’s claim on the data of poverty incidence in the province. The provincial government stood firm in its claim of poverty incidence in Bohol is now reduced based on the National Statistics Coordinating Board (NSCB). Provincial planning coordinator Atty. John Titus Vistal said that indeed poverty rate in the province has declined to 36% compared to 50.2% years back during the government paid “Kita ug Ang Gobernador” weekly press conference. The 36.6% is equal to some 83,000 families, lower than 105,000 in previous years, he said.
He even cited National Economic Development Authority’s claim that Bohol “is the most improved province” on poverty incidence. Earlier, Atty. Victor dela Serna criticized Chatto’s administration for not doing something to lower down poverty. He cited the Bohol Poll 2014 opinion survey that showed 62% of the people said they are poor.
Vistal said he did not discredit the said Bohol Poll conducted by the Holy Name University last year. But it is different from NSCB’s figures since Bohol Poll is mainly based on “perception to social temperature.” “Perception can be different form of indicators,” he argued. The NSCB’s figures are based on several indicators, he said.
It will be recalled that Bohol Poll 2014 that conducted an opinion survey showed 62% of the Boholanos said they are “self-rated” poor. Only 5% said they’re not and 34%, “on the line.” Class E of the Boholanos accounts 86% consider themselves as poor. None said that they’re not poor. Class D is at 60% (poor) and the ABC class, 18%.
The survey was conducted sometime in April 2014 with 400 respondents —- 100 in Tagbilaran City and 100 each in first, second and third districts, respectively.
Economic activities of Bohol are mainly fueled by farming, which tops the kind of work the Boholanos engaged in with 24%, it said.
This is followed by transportation services, 10%; construction operator, 8%; Laborer and private employer, 7% apiece; Business (buy and sell) and vendor, 6% apiece; government employee, 5 and cottage industry, 5% apiece; House helper, 2%; construction worker (carpenter), 3%; education, 4%; sales and beauty care, 1% apiece.
Only 49% of the Boholanos said they’re working and 44% not working, the survey said. Seven percent said they’re unpaid family worker. Fifty-three (53%) percent is the biggest of having work and 37% no work in third district; second district — 49% having work and 48% no work; and 1st district — 45% working and 46% no work. (rvo)