Cebu has always been among the richest provinces in the country.
But incumbent 3rd District Rep. Gwen Garcia is not convinced because the current leadership has failed to translate the province’s wealth into something that would benefit the poor.
Garcia was reacting to the results of a 2017 survey conducted by the Department of Social Welfare and Development that showed 49 percent of Cebuano households are poor.
“The results confirmed what I have been saying all along that Cebu has always been the richest province in the country,” she said.
“The question however is, have the Cebuanos benefited from the province’s wealth” Gwen asked.
Despite being categorized the richest province in the country, some 286,814 Cebuano households of 591,329 surveyed are poor.
The department used Listahanan or the national household targeting system for poverty reduction program, an information management system that identifies who and where the poor are in the country.
The program uses the proxy means test (PMT) which assesses the observable and verifiable indicators of poverty.
Garcia lamented that despite being in power for six years now, incumbent Gov. Hilario Davide III and Vice Gov. Agnes Magpale had failed to improve the lives of the people.
Their administration is anchored on their ubiquitous slogan “progress for every Cebuano” but obviously development has not reached 49 percent of our province mates.
“Slogans are empty words if not followed by action “ Garcia added.
Listahan program regional field coordinator Hilton Edral explained they conducted the assessment based on housing condition, access to potable water, educational attainment and other observable and verifiable indicators.
The result of the PMT and the household’s estimated income would then be compared to the provincial poverty threshold (PPT) which is P21,740 per capita income.
If the estimated income of a household with five members is lower than the PPT, the household is considered poor.