Former NEDA chief Cielito F. Habito led a training on poverty analysis for the NEDA Regional Office in Calabarzon (NRO IV-A) staff on December 5 at NRO IV-A, Barangay Milagrosa, Calamba City, Laguna. Habito conducted the training together with his technical team from Brain Trust Inc..

Habito discussed the Rural Poverty Reduction: Anecdotes from Past Bertelmann Stiftung’s Transformation Index (BTI) Work Analytical Framework for Rural Poverty Reduction Perspectives and his insights on persistent poverty in Calabarzon. He also shared his learnings from his previous studies and projects during his stint in NEDA. Moreover, he explained the framework on analyzing the different types of poverty and the causes of persistent poverty, issues and strategies on how to address poverty.

Dean Rolando T. Bello of the College of Public Affairs, University of the Philippines, Los Baños discussed the analytical framework and methodology on the correlation of poverty to various socioeconomic indicators. He said the team used multiple runs of quantitative analysis to find correlation with poverty incidence to support the strategies mentioned by Habito.

Meanwhile, Regional Director Luis G. Banua of NRO IV-A thanked Habito and his team for leading the study to determine the root causes of poverty in Calabarzon and for sharing their expertise to NRO IV-A staff.

The training is part of NRO IV-A’s research and development project on the root causes of poverty in disadvantaged municipalities in Calabarzon.

Myke Lavadia, NEDA Region IV-A | December 10, 2018