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Number of poor Pinoy families up in survey

 

A homeless man sleeps on a pile cardboard boxes with an umbrella over his torso under the Kamuning Flyover in Quezon City yesterday. According to the Social Weather Stations survey results in September, 52% or roughly 12.2 million Filipino families label themselves as poor, four points higher than the 48% rate or 11.1 million families from June 2018 and the highest since December 2014. (PHOTO/ ALVIN KASIBAN)

A HOMELESS man sleeps on a pile of cardboard boxes with an umbrella over his torso under the Kamuning Flyover in Quezon City. (Alvin Kasiban)

THE number of Filipino families that consider themselves poor went up in the third quarter Social Weather Stations survey released yesterday.

The nationwide survey con­ducted from Sept. 15 to 23 with 1,200 respondents found out that 52 percent (12.2 million) consider themselves as poor, four points above the 48 percent (11.1 million families) in June 2018, and is the highest since the similar 52 per­cent in December 2014.

The SWS pointed out that this is the second consecutive increase in self-rated poverty in 2018, and since the 42 percent recorded in March 2018, self-rated poverty has increased by a total of 10 points.

It attributed the four-point in­crease in the nationwide self-rat­ed poverty in the third quarter of 2018 to sharp increases in the rest of Luzon and Mindanao and offset by a sharp decrease in Metro Ma­nila and an unchanged proportion in Visayas.

Self-rated poverty rose by 12 points in the rest of Luzon, from 35 percent in June 2018 to 47 per­cent in September 2018. This is the highest since the 50 percent in September 2017.

It rose by five points in Mind­anao, from 60 percent in June to 65 percent in September. This is the highest since the 70 percent in September 2015.

However, it fell by 17 points in Metro Manila, from 43 percent in June to 26 percent in September. It is a new record-low for Metro Manila, overtaking the previous record-low of 28 percent recorded in December 2000, June 2017, and December 2017.

The self-rated poverty mean­while was unchanged in Visayas at 67 percent in June and September, and the highest since the 71 per­cent in December 2015.

The September 2018 survey also found out that of the 52 per­cent self-rated poor families, eight percent used to be non-poor one to four years ago (“newly poor”), and six percent used to be non-poor five or more years ago (“usu­ally poor”).

The remaining 39 percent, or about three out of four poor fami­lies, have never experienced being non-poor (“always poor”). (Ella­lyn V. Ruiz)

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