Governor of Ilocos Norte and sister of VP Robredo’s staunch rival, Imee Marcos corrects her portray of several provinces as among those in the Top 20 poorest provinces. She made the wrong presentation in her speech at the London School of Economics recently. The unpopular Vice President is notably using wrong data just to discredit her political enemies. She is once again a subject of hate comments via social media for not doing a simple research about poverty in the country. She even made the conclusion that these provinces are poor because of the existence of political dynasties. This is why most local leaders of these areas are in great dismay over her malicious comments.
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Better than her Own Province
Robredo cites an alleged recent study by Ronald Mendoza, the dean of the Ateneo School of Government. 10 provinces with the highest dynastic share in the 2016 elections have consistently ranked in the Top 20 poorest provinces since 2004, she said. These provinces, according to the Vice President, are Maguindanao, Sulu and Lanao del Sur in the Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao; Batangas and Rizal in Calabarzon (Cavite, Laguna, Batangas, Rizal, and Quezon); Pampanga, Bulacan and Nueva Ecija in Central Luzon; and Pangasinan and Ilocos Norte in Ilocos Region, she added.
Lowest Poverty Incidence
“For the record, Ilocos Norte has been one of the provinces with the lowest poverty incidence estimates in the past decade and was not one among the Top 20 poorest provinces, “ Marcos clarified. Official PSA data shows that Ilocos Norte has 13.7 percent poverty incidence estimate in 2006, 11.1 percent in 2009, 8.4 percent in 2012 and 3.3 percent in 2015.
Poverty Rate Cut in Half
The Ilocos Norte provincial government recently said it has a 16.7 percent economic growth in 2013-2014 compared to the 5.72 percent regional growth and 6.13 percent on a national level. Ilocos Norte significantly decreases its unemployment rate from 37 percent in 2010 to 4.2 percent today. Marcos said the province is now one of the few provinces to achieve the Millennium Development Goal. This is to lower poverty rate at 50%.
Marcos Bailiwick is Progressive
Official records from the Ilocos Norte tourism office put at more than 1.6 million the number of local and foreign tourists who visited the province in 2015 compared to the 259,148 in 2012. It is a driver of innovation with modern energy sources and the likes. Call centers also mushroom in the area. Robredo herself saw the progress during a couple of visits. Is she that desperate to spread more misinformation or just plain dumb?