For the Record 

On the 2009 Poverty Statistics

This article seeks to clarify some of the points and misconceptions reported in the article of the 27 May 2010 issue of the Philippine Daily Inquirer, entitled “No reduction in RP’s poverty rate – NSCB (
) concerning the 2009 poverty statistics.

Excerpts from the second and sixth paragraph:

“NSCB Secretary General Romulo Virola said preliminary indicators from the two rounds of survey conducted by the agency in 2009 showed there was no reduction in the country’s poverty rate in 2009 from that in 2006, when poverty rate stood at 33 percent of the country’s population.”

“Virola said the NSCB conducted two rounds of survey on income levels in 2009 – in early third quarter and in the fourth quarter following the visit of tropical storm “Ondoy” and typhoon “Pepeng.” The first round indicated slight improvement from the 2006 poverty incidence, he said, but the second round had discouraging results.”

NSCB Clarification:

On the agency conducting the survey

On the poverty trends between 2006 and 2009


Excerpt from the third paragraph:

“The country’s population stood at about 89 million in 2006. In 2009, the population was estimated at 92 million.”

NSCB Clarification:

The NSCB would like to thank Ms. Michelle Remo of the Philippine Daily Inquirer for her interest in our statistics and for her contribution in the dissemination of official statistics.

For related materials, tables and technical notes on poverty statistics as well as technical papers and articles on official statistics are posted in the poverty page of the NSCB website (

For further inquiries, please contact Ms. Bernadette B. Balamban of the NSCB Social Sectors B Division at telephone numbered (632) 896-7981 or through e-mail address


Posted: 07 June 2010.


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