While the poverty incidence in the Philippines has eased in the first semester of 2015, residents of many provinces remain poor and do not have the income needed to meet basic food and non-food needs.
According to the Family Income and Expenditure Survey (FIES) conducted by the Philippine Statistics Authority (PSA), the country's first-semester poverty incidence among population has gone down to 26.3% from 28.8% in 2006.
Regionally, however, poverty incidence has increased in the National Capital Region (NCR), Region 8, and the Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao (ARMM).
Following are the top 20 provinces, mostly from Region 8 and ARMM, that have the highest poverty incidence among population.
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Sorsogon City Hall. www.sorsogoncity.gov.ph
20. Sorsogon (Region 5) - 44.8%