QUEZON CITY, June 19 (PIA) — In observance of the upcoming International Widows’ Day, the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) – Mimaropa reported that the region has a sizable number of poor widows and widowers.
The International Widows’ Day, observed every June 23rd globally, serves as a platform to raise public awareness and urge sectors to take action on the plight of widows and widowers in the Philippines and the rest of the world.
Based on DSWD’s Listahanan as of February 2016, Mimaropa has 20,749 poor widows and widowers and the average ages for both sexes is 60 years old.
Listahanan is a databanking system that maps out the poor: numbers emerging from the datebase are used as bases by government and non-government organizations to develop social protection programs.
About 15,918 (76 percent of the total widow/widower population) are females; the remaining 4,831 (23.3 percent) are males.
Widows and widowers with disabilities are numbering to 1,492.
Palawan has 7,116 poor widows and widowers: the rest are located in Oriental Mindoro (5,656); Occidental Mindoro (3,723); Marinduque (1,536); and Romblon (2,718).
Puerto Princesa City in Palawan has the highest poor widows with 1,064, followed by San Jose, Occidental Mindoro with 1,030, and Naujan, Oriental Mindoro with 636.
As for barangays with the highest numbers of poor widows and widowers, Bancalaan and Mangsee of Balabac, in southern Palawan are on the top of the list. (LP/DSWD-Mimaropa)