"Deceptive" methodology was used to reduce number of poor Pinoys in national statistics, claims congressman

Interaksyon.com reports that Kabataan Partylist Rep. Raymond Palatino accused the government of using a "deceptive" poverty measurement scheme that "reduced the number of poor Filipinos by over five million."

Interaksyon.com reports that Kabataan Partylist Rep. Raymond Palatino accused the government of using a "deceptive" poverty measurement scheme that "reduced the number of poor Filipinos by over five million."

 

According to Interaksyon.com, Palatino alleged that the National Statistical Coordination Board (NSCB)’s new methodology "hides the number of poor with statistical magic." In a statement released on Wednesday, December 7, Palatino said, "Anyone moderately acquainted with statistics knows that NSCB's latest mode of measuring poverty is deceiving."

 

The report further explained: "Based on NSCB's revised methodology, the official poverty threshold, or the amount supposedly necessary for a tolerable standard of living is P46 per person per day in 2009. Under the old methodology the poverty threshold is P52 per person a day, or six pesos higher than the current figure."

 

As such, Interaksyon.com noted, "with the new computation, the number of poor Filipinos in 2009 was reduced to 23.1 million."  The figure is 5.3 million less than the 28.5 million of poor Filipinos identified using the old methodology.

Based on the said figures, Palatino said, "The proper form of respect and assistance that we must give to the poor involves creating programs that will truly address their needs. That cannot be achieved if we fool ourselves into believing that poverty cases are decreasing in the country and if we resort to band-aid solutions like the conditional cash transfers."

 

The report did not say if the NSCB has released a statement to address Palatino’s claims.

 

For more on this story, log on to Interaksyon.com.

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