Philippines adopts 'multidimensional' poverty index: NEDA

ABS-CBN News

Posted at Nov 22 2018 12:06 PM

A mother cares for her son inside an old jeepney converted as their makeshift home in Quezon City. Jonathan Cellona, ABS-CBN News/File

MANILA -- The Philippines has established a new multidimensional poverty index that will complement the existing income-based gauge, the National Economic and Development Authority said Thursday.

The new index identifies 13 indicators across 4 dimensions: education, health and nutrition housing, water and sanitation, and employment, NEDA said in a statement.

A person is "multidimensionally deprived" or poor if he or she is deprived in at least 1 third or 4 of the 13 indicators, NEDA said.

Filipinos who consider themselves deprived in at least 4 of the 13 indicators were estimated at 17.3 percent in 2017 and 23.9 percent in 2016, NEDA said.

"This will greatly help the government gain a full understanding of the extent of poverty that Filipinos experience," Socioeconomic Planning Secretary Ernesto Pernia said.

"While there is a strong correlation between income and quality of life, there are other aspects of poverty that income does not reflect," he said.