March 3, 2020
The poverty incidence among families in the Province of Bukidnon has drastically dropped to more than half from 47% in 2015 to 22.2% in 2018 according to the latest data published by the Philippine Statistic Authority (PSA). The data also shows that the poverty incidence among the population has reduced from 53.6% in 2015 to 27.5% in 2018.
During the RPRH Law Program Assessment and Planning Workshop last February 6, 2020, Provincial Administrator Atty. Jay S. Albarece acknowledged the success of the local government units in the implementation of RPRH law that led and contributed to the reduction of the poverty incidence among population and families, from whence out of the savings earned by the provincial government from averted pregnancies along with sound financial management, it has employed additional 2,000 employees to serve to people of Bukidnon.
POPCOM Asst. Regional Director Neil Aldrin Omega in a speech explained the relationship between high contraceptive prevalence rate (CPR) and poverty incidence. The deeper analysis of data on the correlation of high CPR is linked to low or reduced poverty. Meaning, couples who used contraceptive to manage family size can provide quality life to the members of the family plus savings, investments, and their purchasing capacity.
On the other hand, the use of modern family planning method is said to be significantly helpful in decreasing the total fertility rate (TFR) and population growth rate (PGR) thereby achieving the demographic dividend wherein more members of the population are now composed to the working-age group while underscoring the number of young and old dependents. In effect, the employment of human resources is seen advantageous in the economic performance of the region and in the country in general perspective.
The study conducted by the Department of Health (DOH) through the Field Health Service Information System (FHSIS) revealed that the CPR of Bukidnon has increased from 48.8% in 2016 to 66.7% in 2017 with a slight decrease at 63.5% in 2018. Moreover, POPCOM X has projected that the population of Bukidnon will still continue to grow albeit the pace of increase is slowing down from 1.6% annual growth rate in the 2010 – 2015 period to 1.3% in 2015 – 2020. There are about 19,500 people added to the population every year.
In the same data from PSA, the province’s population remains relatively young. About 1 in every 4 population is women in reproductive age (WRA), 1 in every 5 is an adolescent, and 3 in every 5 population is between 15 to 64 years old (consisting of the working or productive ages).
With this number, a significant portion of the population may be able to contribute to the human resource of the region and in income-generating aspects such as formal employment and business enterprise.
Despite the recent achievement on CPR increase, POPCOM is committed to continue the conduct of reproductive health information drives and deliver direct services to the couples who have the desire to space or limit the number of children thereby contribute to the overall reduction in the number of families suffering from poverty.