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T h e   P h i l i p p i n e s ' National Profile of the Poor
42.9% strong materials 2.4 million of the poor households nationwide had strong roofing materials. Strong materials for the roof refer to the construction materials made of galvanized iron, aluminum, tile, concrete, brick, stone or asbestos.
47.7% light materials 2.7 million have outer walls made of light materials such as bamboo, sawali, cogo, nipa, and anahaw.
1.5 million poor households are vulnerable to natural or human-induced disasters because the roof and walls of housing units are made entirely of light materials.
out of
individuals are living in poverty.
Out of the 67,011,704 individuals assessed during the
third nationwide household assessment,
45% or 30,397,224 are residing in a poor household.
More than one million have no
access to electricity.
908,002 or 16.2% of poor households use
kerosene as their source of lighting.
Poor households that use fuelwood for
cooking comprise 86.4% or 4.9 million
of the total poor household population.
Assets owned by
most poor
In terms of sex-distribution, proportion of male poor individuals is higher (15,698,419) compared to females with 14,698,805.
21.4% Employed 78.6% Unemployed
A huge percentage of poor women in working-age group are unemployed.
Four in every ten assessed women are poor. Of the 14.7 million women identified as poor nationwide, 8,027,574 are in economically productive age group. Ironically, 78.6% of them have no reported occupation.
of the total poor
individuals are in
working-age and are
supporting the other
half (45.2%) who are
either young or old
Out of the 30.4 million individuals
identified as poor nationwide, majority
or 16.7 million belonged in economically
productive age or working age group
(15 to 64 years old).
45.2% are poor individuals in dependent age group (under age 15 and over age 64):
young age group (0 to 14 years old)
old age group (65 years old and above)
Despite a high case of poverty among children, 69.7% of the total poor children are attending school.
More than half of the total school aged children (3 to 17 years old) identified as poor are attending school with 10,564,167.
Almost half of the total poor senior citizens in the country are in employment.
Senior Citizens are considered particularly vulnerable since they are physically more frail. Despite this, 41.4% or two out of five poor individuals belonging in this sector have reported occupation.
36 in every 100 poor youth are not in employment and education (NEE).
The youth sector has the highest share to the 16.7 million economically productive age poor individuals with 50.7%. However, 35.6% of the total poor youth are both not in employment and not attending school or NEE.
Mixed crop and livestock farm laborers, crop farm laborers, and corn farmers constitute the biggest portion of poor farmers in the Philippines. Farmers’ (aged 15 years old and above) share to the total poor individuals (aged 15 years and above) is 16.3% or 2,826,062. Most farmers work for private households (32.1%), while 26.6% are self-employed without any paid employees.
55.6% of poor individuals belonging to this sector are self-employed fishermen without any paid employees. The fishing industry provides employment to 3 out of 100 poor individuals aged 15 years old and above. This is equivalent to 604,639 or 3.48% of the total poor individuals in both working age and old age groups.
19.1% or 36,761 PWDs who are aged 15 years old and above have reported occupations. Almost one percent of the total poor individuals or 271,672 are considered PWDs nationwide. PWDs are also beneficiaries of different social protection programs and services. Out of 242,425 households with at least one member with disability, 89.2% declare to be recipients of grants or services from Philippine Health Insurance (PhilHealth) and Pantawid Pamilyang Pilipino Program (4Ps), among others.
64.3% or 346,494 households are headed by solo parents. There are 583,769 poor individuals (aged 18 years old and above) declare that they are solo parents. At the household level, 538,686 poor households have at least one member who is a solo parent.
Highest magnitude of poor IP households is in the Autonomous Region of Muslim Mindanao with 102,412. There are 4,056,240 IP individuals that are residing in a poor household. Unemployment among poor IP individuals aged 15 years old and above is higher in number (1,238,541) than the recorded 1,064,084 poor IP individuals with reported occupation in the same age group.
82 in every 100 poor households have received assistance from social protection programs. 81.98% of the total poor households or 4,589,964 declared to be recipients of social protection (SP) services or beneficiaries of SP programs, to include Philippine Health Insurance (PhilHealth), Day Care Services, Supplementary Feeding, Pantawid Pamilyang Pilipino Program (4Ps) and Subsidized Rice, among others.
The Listahanan 3 project was implemented in 81 provinces, 145 cities, and 1,489 municipalities, covering a total of 42,045 barangays nationwide.
Despite the many challenges faced during its implementation, including the declaration of national public emergency brought by the pandemic, natural calamities, among many others, the project has successfully assessed a total of 15,487,655 households through house-to-house interviews. Of this figure, 36% or 5,599,091 households were identified as poor.

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Majority of the poor households are found in rural areas.
The results of Listahanan 3 proved the disparity between living in urban and in rural settings. Percentage of poor to assessed households in rural barangays is slightly higher (38.3%) than in urban with 31.9%.
Nearly two million poor households still live in areas where clean water is physically scarce.