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Ilocanos no longer thriftiest Filipinos

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Finally, Ilocanos have statistical proof to show that their detractors are wrong in calling them the most tightfisted Filipinos.

A study by the National Statistical Coordination Board (NSCB) shows that Ilocanos now rank only sixth among the prolific savers in the country’s 17 regions.

Released recently, the NSCB study showed that the most high-volume savers in the country come not from the two Ilocos provinces but from the Ilocano-speaking Cordillera Autonomous Region and Cagayan Valley; the Manny Pacquiao turf of Soccsksargen (South Cotabato, Cotabato City, Sultan Kudarat, Sarangani and General Santos City); Central Visayas and the Zamboanga Peninsula.

The NSCB study, based on the Family Income and Expenditures Survey (FIES) in 2003, 2006, and 2009, showed that people from Abra, Apayao, Benguet, Ifugao, Kalinga and Mountain Province consistently topped the rankings among Filipino savers with chart-topping average savings-to-income ratio of .234 or P23.40 saved for every P100 they earn or more than half of the national average of P15 to P16.

Cagayan Valley (Batanes, Cagayan, Isabela, Nueva Vizcaya, Quirino provinces) came in a distant second with average savings of P21.20.

Isabela Representative Giorgidi Aggabao, an Ibanag, said the people of Cagayan Valley might have been influenced by their Ilocano neighbors. “Although Cagayan Valley is now ‘Iloconized,’ with Ilocano being the lingua franca, we were [taught from] childhood to be like Ilocanos in thriftiness and industry,” Aggabao said.

Hard life

“I think Ilocanos learned to be thrifty because of the hardscrabble life they [lead],” Aggabao said. “The region is not a known agricultural heavyweight. The fact is, only tobacco is known to grow in the area.”

In the past, life was difficult for the Ilocanos, “with few comforts and amenities,” Aggabao said. “That prompted Ilocanos to always save for the morrow.”

Aggabao’s province mate, Representative Rodolfo Albano, said it was a mistake to typecast the Ilocanos as thrifty.

“An Ilocano is just industrious,” Albano said. “He doesn’t waste his time. That’s how he was branded as thrifty.”

Third-placer Central Mindanao has a savings average of P20.60. Central Visayas (Bohol, Cebu, Negros Oriental, Siquijor) is fourth, with P19.90. Zamboanga Peninsula is fifth, with P19.80. Trailing them are the Ilocos provinces, with an average savings ratio of P18.70.

Least poor regions

NSCB Secretary General Romulo A. Virola said the Cordillera and Cagayan regions were ranked fifth and sixth, respectively, among the least poor regions of the country.

Virola said that the Cordillera and Cagayan regions “appear to exhibit extreme behavior … they are home to families who are the highest savers as well as the most lavish spenders.”

People who did not save in the Cordillera region spent P21.30 more than the P100 they earned, while the nonsavers from Cagayan spent P16.60 more than their P100 income.

Nonsavers from Pacquiao’s region spent P22.50 more than every P100 they earned.

At the bottom of the top-savers list are the Western Visayas (17th, with P13.50), Bicol (16th, with P14.90), and Calabarzon, or Cavite-Laguna-Batangas-Rizal-Quezon (15th, with P15.90).

Virola said that two out of three Filipinos were savers or spent less than what they earned with the average savings per person pegged at P10,693 in 2003, P11,982 in 2006, and P14,298 in 2009.

“If we note that the official annual per capita food threshold was P7,577 in 2003, P9,257 in 2006, and P11,686 in 2009 this would mean that the savers have the capacity to take (or save) at least one person out of food poverty,” Virola said. “But then, this could promote a mendicant mentality, which is probably not the way to solve poverty,” he added.

The nonsavers, Virola said, spent on the average P14 to P15 more than every P100 they earned.

“No wonder there is a proliferation of credit card agents in malls, supermarkets and gasoline stations,” Virola said. “Let us just hope our kababayan will realize that borrowing from ‘5-6’ operators can only sink us deeper in poverty.”


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  • marcos_hitler_diktador_tuta

    There are many jokes about it but what makes it seem the Ilokano to be tighfisted is the observance that he tightens his belt in face of hardships suffered while away from own family, him being a wanderer looking for jobs. Of the race, the Ilokanos are the most widespread resident, within and without the Philippines. Ilokos is not that productive, naturewise due to long summers and very rugged terrains.

    Yes, truly, hardship builds character.

  • dequis

    hindi naman kuripot mga ilocano ah, masinop lang.

    • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_JH5GYLZBYJN6FYYUZQWKTSGO4U Boy Pac

      thats true. 

    • pepito gwaps

      oo nga kasi masinop sa basic things pero signatured ang mga gamit he.he.masinop na to the extent na kapansin pansin na sa mata ng tao…peace man!!

  • Alupasi

    hindi na kami mga ilokanong kuripot ngayon, generous na po kami ngayon, papaano mo pa bang sasabihing kuripot ang ilokano ngayon e, mga magsasaka, mangingisda, magbobote, istambay sa kanto, tsismoso’t tsismosa, kahit anong uri ng buhay meron kami dito, e may kanya kanyang cellphone na kami, unli call and text pa.

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_JH5GYLZBYJN6FYYUZQWKTSGO4U Boy Pac

    all filipinos should be thrifty and industrious. this trait the ilocanos are know for is commendable. 

  • PH2011

    That’s nothing compare to the westerner. LOL!

  • raptor_d_lonewolf

    whats wrong of being thrifty?????

    • pepito gwaps

      Only, if being thrifty will lose your own
      soul. It was tackled in the bible when Jesus stopped his own disciples for
      criticizing Mary’s wasteful act. ”  But when his disciples
      saw it, they had indignation, saying, To what purpose is this waste? For this
      ointment might have been sold for much, and given to the poor. When Jesus
      understood it, he said unto them, Why trouble ye the woman? for she hath wrought
      a good work upon me. For ye have the poor always with you; but me ye have not
      always. For in that she hath poured this ointment on my body, she did it for my
      burial. Verily I say unto you, Wheresoever this gospel shall be preached in the
      whole world, there shall also this, that this woman hath done, be told for a
      memorial of her.” ===> It means nothing wrong for being not economical too as long as it is for a good intention.

  • pablosantino

    kaya hindi na ako nagtaka kung bakit least savers taga western visayas..pinanganak kasi na mayaman ang mga yan..lugar ng mga haciendero..kaya nga may kasabihan “pinapala ni pepeto salapi dito”

  • JK1000

    Nag start ito noon panahon ni Marcos, gumastos talaga siya para sa kanyang familia at mga cronies.Napaganda niya ang Ilocos at ang kanyang buhay sa pamamagitang ng pagbili ng kanlang mga properties, KAYA NGA LANG ..PERA NG TAONG BAYAN ANG GINASTOS.

  • http://profile.yahoo.com/K7YY3MW62NHYESCMAJGWH7VZPQ James

    MAJORITY NG MGA TAO NA NAKATIRA SA MGA SLUMS OR SQUATERS AREA SA MANILA AY MGA BISYA/ILONGO, KC MGA TAMAD..MAS GUSTO NILA MAMUHAY SA MGA DOGYOT NA LUGAR KESA UMUWI SA PROBINSYA AT MAGTRABAHO DAHIL GANON KABABA LEVEL NG APPRECIATION NILA SA PAMUMUHAY. HAHAHAHA!!!

    • http://profiles.yahoo.com/u/JOAAHRBMRD2Q5W5WX6UY5BTBLU __A_YAHOO_USER__

      wag mo namang i-generalized…tsaka umayos ka gamitin mo yung netiquet kung mayroon ka..wag ka manigaw dito.. sinisigawan mo lahat ng nasa forum.

      bisya ka rin ata eh.. sabi mo “DOGYOT”

      • http://profile.yahoo.com/K7YY3MW62NHYESCMAJGWH7VZPQ James

        BAT NAMAN GALIT NA GALIT KA SA POST KO..CGURO BISAYA/ILONGGO KA DIN NO? PUSTAHAN TAU..SUPOT KA DBA? TONG UTAK TIKTIK NA TO CNICRA ARAW KO. HMP

  • juancrossofthe

    ania ti kunayo?..sadino ti pakakitaan ti naimas a “PIE” ? – aramid ti ilocano… sige pie, dildilam pie. pardasam pie..iyakayak mo pie…ken adu pay … he he he.. Nagaget ti ilocano ken nalaing PIE..damagem kenni Uncle Ferdie, Manong Johnny, etc…..



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