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45% Filipino families ‘feel poor’

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A recent Social Weather Station (SWS) survey conducted nationwide, indicated a decrease in the overall percentage of Filipino families that classify themselves as poor.


The self-rated poverty survey was carried out from September 12 to 16 and involved 1,200 respondents, asking them to gauge their personal perception of their family’s financial status.


According to the results, a total of 45% or 11.4 million, put themselves in the category of “poor”, which was 3% lower than last the previous survey from June which tallied a score of 48%.


Those that considered themselves as “borderline poor”, meanwhile, totaled at 34% which is 5% higher than the last survey findings.


On the other hand, those that perceived themselves as “not poor”, went down from 23% to 21% in the recent poll.


In terms of regionality, the percentage of Filipino families that felt poor in Visayas dropped from 70% to 54%, whereas Mindanao saw an increase from 51% to 58%, while Luzon remained stable at 38%.


Meanwhile, in a similarly drastic manner, the percentage of borderline poor families in Visayas went up from 24% to 42%.


Luzon also experienced an increase, with the results showing a rise to 32% from 28%, however, Mindanao reported a reduced number of 34% from a previous score of 42%


The national government has gone on to attribute the seemingly positive survey results to the economy’s reopening over the past few months; as strict lockdowns eased up and vaccination efforts increased, more establishments were allowed to resume operation.


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