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In 2021, three out of ten families in Eastern Visayas will be poor, according to a report.

According to the Philippine Statistics Authority (PSA), at least three out of every ten families in Eastern Visayas are impoverished, according to the results of the first semester 2021 survey.

According to a report released by PSA on Thursday, the region’s poverty rate in the first half of 2021 was expected to be 28.9%, slightly lower than the 30.4 percent reported in the same period last year.

In a phone conversation, Wilma Perante, PSA Eastern Visayas regional director, noted that “these families’ income was below (the) amount needed to buy their basic food and non-food needs.”

Last year, a family of five in Eastern Visayas need at least PHP11,292 a month to meet their basic necessities. The sum is more than the monthly income requirement of PHP10,163 in 2018.

“The data for the first semester of 2021 reflects the income and expenditure experiences of households in the region over the previous three years. This is also influenced by the experiences of those who lived through the pandemic early last year “Perante went on to say.

The National Economic and Development Authority has yet to produce a report on the most recent poverty figures.

Meanwhile, Eastern Samar has the greatest poverty rate in the region, with 36 percent of households living in poverty.

However, the province has improved since 2018, when it had a poverty rate of 43 percent.

In three years, the poverty rate in Leyte province remained at 31.3 percent.

Samar’s rate fell from 32.2 percent to 30 percent, while Southern Leyte’s rate increased from 22.9 percent to 25.5 percent.

The poverty rate in Northern Samar province has reduced to 23.1 percent from 30 percent three years ago, making it one of the most improved provinces.

In Biliran, on the other hand, the poverty rate among families grew to 22.4 percent from 18 percent.

In the first semester of 2021, the poverty rate among families in Tacloban Metropolis, the region’s lone highly urbanized city, was 14.7 percent, up from 13.1 percent three years earlier.

PSA derived these numbers from the Family Income and Expenditure Survey, which is conducted every three years.

The study looks at a family’s income and ability to meet basic dietary needs based on 100% adequacy for the Recommended Energy and Nutrient Intake and 80% adequacy for other nutrients.

It also considers a family’s ability to meet non-food needs such as clothing and footwear, housing, fuel, light, water, maintenance and minor repairs, healthcare, education, transportation and communication, furniture, home operations, and personal care.

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