Central Luzon Registers 18.2 Percent Poverty Incidence in the First Semester of 2021

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Thursday, February 17, 2022
  • The 2021 first semester poverty incidence among population, or the proportion of poor Filipinos in Central Luzon whose per capita income is not sufficient to meet their basic food and non-food needs, was estimated at 18.2 percent. This translates to 2.3 million Filipinos in Central Luzon who lived below the poverty threshold.
  • Among families, 13.7 percent of Filipino families in Central Luzon were poor which equates to around 410 thousand poor.
  • The poverty threshold in Central Luzon was estimated at PhP 16,226 in the first semester of 2021. On the average, an individual in Central Luzon needed at least PhP2,704 per month to meet his/her basic food and non-food needs.
  • The subsistence incidence among Filipinos in Central Luzon or the proportion of individuals whose income is not enough to meet even the basic food needs in Central Luzon was registered at 6.0 percent or about 745 thousand Filipinos.
  • Among families, 4.2% of Filipino families in Central Luzon did not have sufficient income to meet their basic food needs in the first semester of 2021 or about 126 thousand food poor Filipino families.

Figure 1. Poverty and Subsistence Incidence Among Population Central Luzon: 2018 and 2021

The following are the highlights of the 2021 First Semester Poverty Statistics in Central Luzon:

The Poverty Statistics was computed using income from the Family Income and Expenditure Survey, price data from PSA, and food bundle designed by the Food and Nutrition Research Institute.