By Roi Lomotan
The poverty incidence in Negros Oriental has dropped to 26 percent in 2018 from more than 30 percent in 2015.
National Economic and Development Authority (NEDA) – 7 Regional Director Efren Carreon announced this in a forum with representatives of sub-sectors of the labor sector in Negros Oriental and Siquijor held here last week.
Dir. Carreon cited a report from the Philippine Statistics Authority (PSA).
Based on the Official Poverty Statistics of the Philippines for 2015 of PSA, Negros Oriental has a 38.7 percent poverty incidence.
“Kami sa NEDA, nalipay mi ani kay daghan nakalingawas na households from poverty. Makaingon ta nga something good is happening (This is a welcome development for us at NEDA because this means many households have gotten out of poverty. We can say something good is happening),” Dir. Carreon said in a media interview after the forum.
“Kung moubos ang poverty incidence, makaingon ta dunay households or families nga nisaka ang ilang standard of living (If the poverty incidence goes down, we can say that there are households or families whose standard of living have gone up),” he added.
Dir. Carreon also underscored that it is part of their vision under the Ambisyon Natin 2040 to eradicate the poverty incidence or at least bring it down to less than 10 percent.
The NEDA-7 official attributed the decrease in the poverty incidence to various factors citing efforts of national government agencies, local government units, and private sector.
Dir. Carreon also noted that increased job and employment generation over the past years can also be a factor to this development citing that more people have money to spend and this comes from employment or business.
Dir. Carreon also believes that skilled workers abroad also helped in lowering the poverty incidence in the province.
With this, Dir. Carreon shares a positive outlook on the poverty reduction in the province in the coming years.
However, he acknowledged that this development also has a negative side citing the possibility of a shortage of workers in some industries particularly in the agricultural sector because people now have other options in terms of employment which can provide better and more stable income to them and their families.
On the other hand, Dir. Carreon also disclosed that the government is already looking into this and has undertaken some measures to address these related issues like offering scholarship programs in agriculture and fisheries to entice students to go study agriculture.
Dir. Carreon also reiterated the government’s commitment to provide a comfortable life for every Filipino under the Ambisyon Natin 2040.
“Kami sa government and the other government agencies are really working hard para ma-sustain nato siya. The role of government is to help the people,” he remarked.