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SWS: PH self-rated poverty hit a new record low as fewer Filipinos consider themselves as poor

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Manila, Philippines — The number of Filipino families who considered themselves as poor hit a new record-breaking figure, according to the latest survey by Social Weather Stations (SWS).

The self-rated poverty SWS poll survey released on Thursday indicated that 4around 2 percent or about 9.4 million Filipino families claiming themselves as poor.

The latest figure took by the aforementioned social survey institute broke the past record of 43 percent that was gathered dating back in March 2010 and March 1987. The self-rated poverty survey in December 2015 peaked at 52 percent.

Filipino families that rated themselves poor in Visayas were at 56 percent; 49 percent in Mindanao; 36 percent in the Metro Manila; and 34 percent in Balance Luzon.

With that being said, SWS mentioned that there were fewer Filipino families claiming they are poor in the rest of Luzon (from 41 percent to 34 percent) and Mindanao (from 54 percent to 49 percent). However, the self-rated poverty increased in National Capital Region (from 32 percent to 36 percent) and Visayas (from 52 percent to 56 percent).

The Social Weather Stations explained that the self-rated poverty and food poverty have been “either steady or declining” for eight and five quarters in a row, respectively.

The same SWS survey also touched on self-rated food poverty, where at 30 percent or about 6.7 million household families considered themselves as “mahirap” or poor based on the food they consumed. The question posed was: “Based on the type of food eaten by your family, where would you place your family on this card?”

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The social research institution said self-rated poverty and food poverty have been “either steady or declining” for eight and five consecutive quarters, respectively.

42 percent of Filipino families—equivalent to 9.4 million families—rated themselves poor in the past three month based on the nationwide survey conducted from this year’s September 24 to 27, and used face-to-face interviews of around 1,200 random adult respondents and had an error margin of ±3% for the national percentages, and ±6% each for NCR, Balance Luzon, Visayas and Mindanao. — Cetureon.com

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