LEGAZPI CITY, June 14 (PNA) –- Albay Governor Joey Sarte Salceda hopes Albay will achieve a 15-percent poverty incidence.
This, Salceda said in an interview Tuesday, is possible after the province recorded a 7.2 percentage point decrease in poverty incidence from 32.3 percent to 25.1 percent in 2015.
With this rate, Albay has the lowest poverty incidence among the six provinces of the Bicol Region, based on the latest survey of the Philippine Statistics Authority (PSA).
The national poverty rate is 25.1 percent, the PSA said.
The noted economist governor said this decline in poverty incidence of Albay is due to what he calls economic freedom, coupled with an active citizenry and a stable community that is made stronger by the family values of the Albayanos.
He thanked his fellow Albayanos for their support in the past nine years of his service as head of the province.
As he sits as representative of the second district of Albay this coming July 1, he calls on Albayanos to continue their support to him.
"Thank you for giving me the chance to serve," Salceda said.
He also thanked Legazpi City Mayor Noel E. Rosal for the support the city has given to the province.
The success of Albay is also the success of Legazpi and the success of Legazpi is also the success of the entire province, the governor said.
He said Legazpi City has a big role in whatever Albay has achieved, being the capital city of the province.
Legazpi City is nationally recognized as the Second Most Livable City, but to him, Salceda said, it is the number one.
He also praised Rosal as the best city chief executive in the history of Legazpi City.
“I am a witness to the success achieved by the city,” Salceda said. (PNA) LAP/FGS/NIM/CBD