Results of a December 16 to 19 SWS poll of 1,440 adults showed 50 percent — or an estimated 11.6 million families — consider themselves “mahirap” or poor, down by two points from 52 percent (estimated 12.2 million families) recorded in the September survey. Of the 50 percent who classified themselves as poor, 7 percent were “newly poor” while 6 percent were “usually poor,” SWS reported. The remaining 37 percent said they were “always poor.”The slump in self-rated poverty in December was recorded following a 10-point spike registered in two straight quarters. According to SWS, a low-income household needs a monthly budget of P10,000 to not consider itself poor in general. Meanwhile, SWS said a family needs P6,000 per month to not classify their food as “poor.” But in the fourth quarter, poor households said they lack P2,500 of that amount.
Source: Philippine Star January 12, 2019 03:45 UTC