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Number of poor Filipinos growing

31 July 2018

More Filipinos surveyed recently consider themselves poor, a new Social Weather Stations survey found.

In the second quarter survey covering April to June, the survey with 1,200 adults as respondents, showed that 48 percent (estimated 11.1 million) families consider themselves poor. This was six points higher than the 42 percent (estimated 9.8 million families) in March.

The six-point nationwide increase in Self-Rated Poverty in the second quarter was due to sharp increases in Mindanao, Metro Manila and Visayas that were offset by a slight decrease in Balance Luzon. Meanwhile, 12 percent of self-rated poor families transitioned out of poverty.

The monthly budget that a poor household needs for home expenses in order not to consider it poor in general is P15, 000.

The SWS said proportion of families who rate their food as “poor” likewise surged by five points to 34 percent. The monthly budget that a food-poor household needs for food expenses in order not to consider its food as poor is unchanged at P6, 000.

The five-point rise in the nationwide Self-Rated Food Poverty in the second quarter of 2018 was due to increases in Mindanao, Metro Manila and Balance Luzon, and an unchanged proportion in Visayas.

The survey has sampling error margins of ±3 percent for national percentages, and ±6 percent each for Metro Manila, Balance Luzon, Visayas, and Mindanao

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