Fewer Filipinos consider themselves poor: SWS

ABS-CBN News

Posted at Oct 21 2019 05:05 PM

A mother takes care of her child at a makeshift house under a bridge in Manila, Aug. 18, 2018. Despite several operations by authorities to drive informal settlers out of public areas, vagrants living under bridges still come back to the same spots because of lack of alternatives. Basilio H. Sepe, ABS-CBN News

MANILA- Fewer Filipinos considered themselves poor as of September, a Social Weather Stations (SWS) survey released Monday showed.

Around 10.3 million Filipino families or 42 percent labeled themselves as poor in a September 27 to 30 survey, lower than the estimated 11.10 million families in June or 45 percent.

SWS explained that self-rated poor statistics dipped in all areas except the Visayas, which saw a 4-point increase to 59 percent from 55 percent in June.

Metro Manila and Balance Luzon saw the biggest drop in self-rated poverty with decreases of 6 points respectively.

Most families who consider themselves as poor also said that they need a P10,000 monthly budget for them not to consider themselves as poor. 

The amount is equivalent to the median self-rated poverty threshold which SWS explained as "what the poorer half of the poor need for home expenses in order not to be poor." This is lower than the P15,000 in June.

Most families who consider themselves as poor also said they lack P5,000 a month relative to the self-rated poverty threshold.

"This means that the poorer half of the poor generally lack half of what they need in order to survive," SWS said.

FOOD POOR

The survey also found out that over 7.1 million families or 29 percent consider their food as "poor."

This is lower than the 8.5 million families or 35 percent who said the same in March 2019.

SWS found that on average, families need a P5,000 monthly food budget for them not to consider their food as poor. 

The said amount is equivalent to the median self-rated food poverty threshold or "what that poorer half of the poor need in order to not consider their food as poor."

In June, the median self-rated food poverty threshold was P6,000.

On average, families said they lack P3,000 for their food budget, more than half of the P5,000 self-rated food poverty threshold.

The September 2019 SWS survey was conducted using face-to-face interviews of 1,800 adults (18 years old and above) nationwide and has a sampling error margin of ±2.3 percent for national percentages.