PUERTO PRINCESA – The Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) has identified more than half a million poor women in MIMAROPA, with most located in Palawan.
The results of a household assessment conducted by the DSWD in 2015, which were released only recently, showed that there were 568,387 poor women in the region, with the following number per province:
- Palawan - 225,158
- Oriental Mindoro - 145,944
- Occidental Mindoro - 102,670
- Romblon - 56,632
- Marinduque - 37,983
The top 3 barangays with the highest number of poor women were the following:
- Barangay Bancalaan, Balabac, Palawan - 4,984
- Barangay Panaytayan, Mansalay, Oriental Mindoro - 3,847
- Barangay Mangsee, Balabac, Palawan - 3,745
To help the province’s poor women, Palawan Provincial Social Welfare and Development head Abigail Ablaña said the DSWD strengthened the Kalipunan ng Liping Pilipina (KALIPI), a program to empower women as leaders and to enhance their skills.
Social workers also strengthened a program for solo parents that offers education, livelihood, and financial assistance for women classified to be in “especially difficult circumstances”.
The DSWD said it believes that its programs will succeed, once participation increases. This can be done by better coordinating between citizens and their local government, the agency said, so that poor women will be able to comply with necessary requirements for application.