The Listahanan of the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) MIMAROPA identifies about 568,387 women of all ages or 45% from the total 1,257,631 women assessed, belong to poor households in MIMAROPA region.
Listahanan is a government mechanism that identifies who and where the poor are nationwide.
From the 2015 household assessment, a total of 102,670 poor women were identified in Occidental Mindoro; 145,944 in Oriental Mindoro; 37,983 in Marinduque; 56,632 in Romblon; and 225,158 in Palawan.
The top three towns with the highest number of identified poor women regionwide are San Jose Occidental Mindoro with 37,838; Puerto Princesa in Palawan with 29,843; and Bataraza Palawan with 20,065.
The DSWD database further shows that barangays with the highest number of poor women are barangay Bancalaan, Balabac, Palawan with 4,984; barangay Panaytayan, Mansalay, Oriental Mindoro with 3,847; and barangay Mangsee, Balabac, Palawan with 3,745.
Meanwhile, about 697 poor women or 3.5% aged 15 and above are women working as professionals. On the other hand, 33,263 (47.5%) of working poor women are laborers and unskilled workers.
The National Women’s Month Celebration every March is part of the worldwide observance of the International Women’s Day with this year’s theme, “We Make Change Work For Women.”