By Vanne Elaine Terrazola
Fewer Filipinos believe they are poor in the latest survey by the Social Weather Stations (SWS), released Friday.
The second quarter self-rated poverty survey by the SWS, conducted June 23-26 found 44 percent or about 10.1 million Filipino families considering themselves “poor,” a decline from the 50 percent or an estimated 11.5 million recorded in March.
SWS defines self-rated poverty as the proportion of respondents rating their family as poor or “mahirap.”
The June 2017 poll also showed that those who called themselves “food-poor” decreased to 32 percent, or about 7.3 million families, from the 35 percent, or some 8.1 million families rating their food as poor in the previous quarter.
SWS said the six-point downgrade in the nationwide self-rated poverty was due to the easing poverty in balance Luzon, which declined by 16 points at 34 percent; and in Metro Manila, which dropped eight points at 28 percent, from the previous survey.
These cushioned the increase in self-rated poverty rate in the Visayas, which rose by seven points at 64 percent; and in Mindanao, which climbed four points at 57 percent.
Meanwhile, self-rated food poverty in balance Luzon also declined by 15 points to 27 percent; and in Metro Manila by five points to 16 percent.
The same increasing trend occurred in the Visayas and Mindanao, where self-rated food poverty rose by 11 points to 44 percent, and six points to 41 percent, respectively.