The NWPC held an Online Capacity-Building on Estimating Annual Poverty Thresholds on October 16, via Zoom application. The purpose of the activity was to capacitate the Regional Boards on the estimation of annual poverty thresholds to aid in the Boards’ wage setting function. It was attended by the technical staff of NWPC’s Policy and Research Service and Secretariat staff from the Regional Boards.
Facilitated by WPRD Chief Pia Obtinario-De Jesus, the session topics were discussed by speakers from the Philippine Statistics Authority (PSA) namely Assistant National Statistician Wilma Guillen and PSA officers PSA officers Bernadette B. Balamban and Anna Jean Pascasio.
They discussed the concepts and various measurements of poverty, poverty statistics framework and the method for estimating regional poverty thresholds in between the Family Income and Expenditure Survey years. and sample computations. The last part of the session allowed participants to compute for the food and poverty threshold for their respective regions using the data provided by the PSA.