For the Record 

On "Economics of Population Growth"

In an article entitled Economics of Population Growth that came out in the 03 May 2004 issue of Business World Online, Dr. Emmanuel J. Lopez, the author, mentioned in the fourth paragraph that:

The 2001 data provided by the National Statistics and Coordination Board stated that the Philippines is ranked number 40 among countries in the world that has a high incidence of poverty together with Guinea, Mexico, Laos and Iran. All these countries enjoy the infamous status that 40% of their people are living below the poverty line (CIA World Factbook 2003).

The National Statistical Coordination Board (NSCB) would like to clarify that the latest poverty estimates officially released by the agency were for the years 2001 and 2002, but that these were limited to food and poverty thresholds only. The data were posted in the NSCB website in January 2004, together with a brief analysis. The latest official poverty incidences, on the other hand, are for the year 2000, with the national poverty incidence placed at 34.0 percent of the total population or 28.4 percent of all Filipino families. The NSCB has not issued a report, be it on the web or in any of its publications, which ranked the Philippines as number 40 among countries in the world in terms of poverty. Moreover, the NSCB has not come up with a comparison of the poverty incidences of different countries. The only ranking done was a ranking of provinces based on the 2000 provincial poverty estimates in support of the data requirements of the Kapit-Bisig Laban sa Kahirapan (KALAHI) Program of the government.

As the agency mandated to generate the official poverty estimates for the country, the NSCB produces annual estimates of food and poverty thresholds and triennial estimates of poverty incidence and other relevant poverty indicators. The next round of poverty estimation would be for the year 2003, as soon as the results of the Family Income and Expenditures Survey (FIES) conducted every three years by the National Statistics Office become available. The technical notes on the official poverty estimation methodology and the latest updates on poverty statistics are available on the poverty web page of NSCB.


Prepared by:

Social Sectors B Division

Posted 07 May 2004


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