1.2M individuals in Caraga region are 'poor,' more than half of them children

The Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) in Caraga has assessed a total of 405,310 households with 232,301 of them identified as poor, according to its regional profile of the poor released on Monday morning.

Most of these poor households are in Agusan del Sur province having 65, 473 poor households or 28.2 percent of the total assessed households. This is followed by Surigao del Sur with 59,179 (25.5%), Agusan del Norte with 49,437 (21.3%), Surigao del Norte with 45, 343 (19.5%) and the province of Dinagat Islands with 12,869 (5.5%).

The top three cities with the most number of assessed poor households are Surigao City (23,569), Butuan City (18, 326) and Bayugan City (18,214).

In terms of household composition, most of the poor households across all the provinces have 4-6 members or an average household size of 5.

Considering the total identified poor households at 232, 301 and the average household size of 5, these indicate that there are 1,277,224 individuals in the region who are poor. Of this figure, 648,987 or 50.8 percent are children.

Agusan del Sur topped the list with poor children, followed by Surigao del Sur, Agusan del Norte, Surigao del Norte and Dinagat Islands. Of the total poor children in the region, some 9,497 of them are engaged in child labor.

Most of the children are employed as laborers and unskilled workers, farm and forestry workers, in fishing, service workers, or shop and market sales workers.