P-Noy on National Statistical Coordination Board’s poverty incidence data: "May konti akong duda"

ABS-CBNNews.com reports that "President Benigno Aquino III expressed some doubt over the latest data released by the National Statistical Coordination Board (NSCB) that showed poverty incidence in the first semester of 2012 ’remained unchanged’ from 2006 and 2009."

ABS-CBNNews.com reports that "President Benigno Aquino III expressed some doubt over the latest data released by the National Statistical Coordination Board (NSCB) that showed poverty incidence in the first semester of 2012 ’remained unchanged’ from 2006 and 2009." (The report didn’t cite any NSCB figures.)

 

According to the report Aquino "particularly has reservations over data on ARMM where poverty incidence was found to have worsened." The report noted: "The president that comparing current data with those from the previous administration may not be reliable since some information collected from said region had to be corrected, including its voting population."

 

Aquino explained: "May konti akong duda... Hindi ba doon hindi nga ni-report nang tama ’yung population, ’yung population-na pagkukunan mo ng per capita [income]-paano naging tama ’yung comparison in ’09 and ’12 (I have some doubts... If the report didn’t really get that particular region’s correct population-which is the basis of your per capita [income]-then how can you make an accurate comparison of ’09 and ’12)?" He then added that "results of the government’s various health and education programs for the poor, as well as the conditional cash transfer program, should be looked at." He also cited the government’s "intervention" in agriculture, which supposedly helped reduce the price of milkfish (bangus) compared to galunggong."

 

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