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Poverty in the Philippines: Life Expectancy

Poverty in the Philippines: Life Expectancy

Jan 25, 2012

Poverty in the Philippines: Life Expectancy (Note: This piece is a segment from a larger article "Poverty in the Philippines: A Profile", showcased in Focus-Philippines' upcoming Poverty Policy Review) Life Expectancy— National level
Life Expectancy 2001 2002 2003 2004 2005 2006 2007 2008 2009
Female 72.00 72.35 72.69 73.00 73.03 73.59 73.86 74.13 74.38
Male 67.74 68.05 68.35 68.63 68.90 69.16 69.41 69.65 69.89
Total 69.82 70.15 70.15 70.76 71.05 71.32 71.58 71.58 72.08
Source: World Bank— World Development Indicators (2011) Life Expectancy— Provincial level*

Top Ten Provinces

Years

Bottom Ten Provinces

Years

La Union

74.6

Agusan del Norte

63.6

Bulacan

73.4

Mt. Province

62.8

Ilocos Norte

73.0

Apayao

62.8

Camarines Sur

73.0

Palawan

62.7

Benguet

72.9

Kalinga

61.9

Cebu

72.6

Ifugao

61.2

Batangas

72.6

Lanao del Sur

58.7

Pampanga

72.4

Maguindanao

57.6

Cagayan

72.0

Sulu

55.5

Albay

71.9

Tawi-Tawi

53.4

Source: Philippine Human Development Network *2006 projections of 1995 and 2000 life expectancy estimates A key measure of the health status of the poor lies in the extent of their life expectancy at birth. While the Philippines manifests an improving record on this indicator throughout the years, a more careful scrutiny of different provincial experiences exposes a more varied record. Although there are provinces which certainly perform better than the norm such as La Union (74.6), there have also been a larger number of provinces whose performance has been paltry by comparison. Maguindanao (57.6), Tawi-Tawi (53.4), and Agusan del Norte (63.6) are among these provinces, and the fact that they are also among the poorer provinces, holding more poor people as a share of their total population, is a commonly noted observation.

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