- 47,963 poor families (2018)
- Poverty incidence had a considerable decline in recent years, now at 40.86%
- High vulnerability: 49% of poor lost incomes during the COVID-19 pandemic
- Caritas Borongan Incorporated (CBI) leads the Eastern Samar Convergence in collaboration with the Municipality of Arteche
- Aiming for a province-wide convergence
- Municipality of Arteche as the main local government partner
Visualization of Available Poverty Data
According to the ZEP-UNDP COVID Pulse PH Survey, 57% of the Covid Pulse PH respondents in Eastern Samar expressed in Q1 2021 that their income worsened compared to the previous year, while 49% have lost their jobs or were forced to close down their businesses. Despite the decline in income, few respondents have expressed a certain level of recovery from the pandemic, and reasons for improvement were attributed to having sideline work/businesses and receiving help from the government as well as friends and family. What remains to be the main obstacle to economic recovery is the irregularity of income due to prevailing COVID-19 restrictions.
COVID Pulse PH Survey Findings
Success Stories from the Field
Local Convergences need not be initiated by civil-society-led organizations. ZEP2030 recognizes the roles of partners from other sectors and recognizes that each area may initiate a process of convening different from the others. Arteche, Eastern Samar is one example that local government units, with a progressive local chief executive, can successfully bring together various stakeholders towards a common goal.
Arteche is a small municipality located on the northern and eastern boundaries of Samar, approximately four to five hours away from Tacloban City. It inhabits around 16, 000 individuals yet is considered to be one of the poorest municipalities in Eastern Samar. With a vision to alleviate poverty in their municipality, Mayor Roland Boie “Bowad” Evardone strives to stimulate individual behavioral and communal change through his innovative interventions.
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Map of Local Convergence Members
ZEP Eastern Samar Convergence Members