Daza admits Northern Samar is Poorest

Northern Samar Governor Raul Daza admitted in the 8th Samar Island Partnership for Peace and Development (SIPPaD) forum at the Ibabao Hall, Northern Samar Capitol Building held on Sept. 19 the sad plight of the province of Northern Samar. Daza mentioned the latest report of the National Statistical Coordination Board (NSCB). Based on this report, Northern Samar is the number one poorest province in the Eastern Visayas Region and number seven in the entire Philippines. In 2003, during his first term, the same agency rated Northern Samar as number two in the entire country in terms of good governance. Daza has served in office in various capacity before becoming Governor. He was also a several termer Congressman representing the Province since the 1960's. That's why it is unthinkable to say the least, that he is just coming to terms with the bad bad situation of the Province.

I hope this is not lip service but Governor Daza explained in the forum that good governance could not guarantee better economic condition for the people. Daza told the participants that he is continuously looking for means to reconcile the gap between his good governance and the poor economic condition of his constituents. (Well, TRY HARDER, it apparently is NOT WORKING!)

Earlier in a press conference, Daza’s son, Congressman Paul Daza, of the 1st District, blamed the geographical location of Northern Samar for its being poor. Cong. Daza told local reporters that N. Samar has “geographical disadvantage” compared to other provinces which have improved economic climate.

Cong. Daza explained that the province belonged to the country’s typhoon belt and it was far from business capitals in the Philippines like Leyte which was also the source of electricity supply. The far distance from Tongonan Geothermal Power Plant to Northern Samar caused the frequent brownouts in the province.

Wow, what an incompetent family! So you're just going to just sit it out and wait for the gods to do something about it before something is done? And the geographical location excuse is simply stupid. In truth and in fact, Northern Samar is along the major national highway of the Philippines connecting Visayas and Luzon. It is, coupled with, innovative and GOOD Governance, can takeoff to become the country's richest.


  1. It's unfortunate that Northern Samar is the poorest province in Region 8. We are now in the 21st century yet the province remains practically the same many years ago. I think one major reason for this economic stagnancy is that a huge number of the population are, to say it bluntly, lazy. Although in fairness to these people, there's not much economic opportunities in the province. Educated citizens and those with strong guts usually leave for Manila or other places where jobs are found. The largest industry in Northern Samar is Agriculture, however in contrary, if you drive from Catarman to Rawis, Allen and Calbayog via Lope de Vega, you will see along the way that a lot of lands remain idle. Farmers or Landlords should encourage their tenants to plant high value crops such as fruits and vegetable in order to augment their income. Apart from the financial returns derived from this undertaking it would certainly be good for the health and nutrition of the people. Samarenos should not expect from the corrupt and inefficient local and national government to bail them out from poverty. They should be the ones responsible for doing something positive inorder to have a decent way of life. If the citizens have the means of livelihood it would translate to a better economic prosperity for the whole community in particular and the nation in general. Success starts with a dream.

  2. Northern Samar is not the poorest province in the country, as a matter of fact, it is one of the richest province in terms of natural resources. Northern Samar has potentials of unharnessed resources and that all government officials of the province must join hands on how this resources will be tapped to become productive . OTSomoray

  3. the reason why northern samar is one of the poorest provinces in the philippines is because the nortehanons are lazy, showoffs and sell their votes to politicians during elction time.mata na nortehanon ayaw paghinobia kamo.