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FAST FACTS ABOUT POVERTY

OVERSEAS

WORKERS:

Recent
Deployment and Remittance Trends

POVERTY
INCIDENCE:
Philippines may miss goal of reducing
poverty by half
According to the National Statistical
Coordination Board (NSCB), poverty
incidence in the country stood at 33
per cent as of 2006. The NSCB said the
countrys poverty incidence likely
stood at about
a third of the
population.
Soliman
said
that according
to the latest
Social Weather
Stations survey on self-rated
poverty, 45 per cent of the
countrys
population
thought
of
themselves as poor last year. Selfrated poverty is usually higher than
the actual poverty incidence reported
by the government. Still, it provides a
picture of what the actual figure may
be.

POPULATION:
Philippines placed 12th of the Most
Populous Country in the World This Year
According to estimates, the Philippines
is the 12th most populated nation in
the world.The CIA World Factbook
estimates the population of the

Phillippines at 99,900,177 as of July


2010.

URBAN POOR:
Philippines: Economic Recovery Unfelt
by Urban Poor NGOs

GRAFT AND
CORRUPTION:

More than half of its 92 million


population resides in urban areas,
mostly in Luzon, the Philippines largest
island group, and Manila, one of the
most densely populated cities in the
world.
Based
on
the
countrys
population census, Metro Manilas
population almost doubled from 5.9
million in the 1980s to 11.5 million in
2007. UPA estimates that Metro
Manilas landless urban poor number
close to five million, or roughly about
8,000 families.

In 2010 the government will create 1.5


million jobs - said Augusto Santos,
director of the program for economic
planning - they will be concentrated in
service industries such as trade,
finance and banking industry". For
now, the NSO has registered about 944
thousand new jobs in 2009. The goal
promised by the government in 2008
was more than 1 million.

UNEMPLOYMENT:

Illegal mining breeds child labor,


prostitution in Diplahan

CHILD LABOR:

Growing unemployment in the


Philippines, also due to corruption and
waste

Street Children

Street Children in the Philippines is a significant problem. According to the


1998 report, entitled "Situation of the Youth in the Philippines," there are
about 1.5 million street children in the Philippines. Everyday, at least a street
child is seen walking along the streets, looking for a place to stay.

DEBT BURDEN
Philippine debt hits P4.42-T as of
end-Oct

URBAN POOR VS.


RURAL POOR:

Almost three out of four (70

percent) of the total number of

poor reside in the rural areas.

Almost five out of ten families

living in the rural areas (46.9

percent) are poor based on the


poverty level. On the other hand,

only two out of 10 families (19.9

percent) living in the urban areas

are poor.

Johanna Elyssa F. Ybanez


BSN - 1 NC

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