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Fewer Filipinos feel poor — SWS

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By Vanne Elaine Terrazola 

Fewer Filipinos believe they are poor in the latest survey by the Social Weather Stations (SWS), released Friday.

(MANILA BULLETIN FILE PHOTO)

(MANILA BULLETIN FILE PHOTO)

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.

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  • Iggy_Boy3

    Itong survey na ito ng SWS ay isng harapang panguto-uto sa mga Pinoy. Kamakailan lang lumabas sa survey nila na dumami ang mahirap sa pinas. Now here come the latest 50% ang nabawas. Sige nga ilabas niu ang mga pangalan at address ng mga taong tinanong niyo sa pagsurvey.

  • tarikan

    Pakunti nang pakunti na lang ang poor. Natokhang na karamihan, haha. Sila drug lords (Chinese or Pinoy) hindi nababawasan so dadami nga ang rich.

    • lance ceellot

      e di ikaw ang humuli.. ang galing naman ng bunganga mo.. walang namang gawa.. alam mo naman pala kung sino ang drug lords e.. di hulihin mo.. kung ayaw mo naman eh di isumbong mo..

      • tarikan

        Eh kung ikaw ang isuplong ko matokhang kagyud! Kagyud kagyud ang abutin mo. HIndi ako ang nanghuhuli, alam mo naman. Suplong laang mas safe hehe.

        • lance ceellot

          galing ng joke mo…sige suplong mo na.. ang bunganga mo na naman ang lumalakad e

  • general problem

    sabi na nga ba e..ayaw ng mga YELLOWISH, COMMUNIST & TERRORIST ng ganitong mga balita…tulad ng PEACE isa ito sa magiging dahilan ng kanilang extinction…

  • Juan Barili

    But most are still poor. No real change except how the question was asked.

  • nikki emperado

    How many respondents were able to answer this survey?