Poverty numbers unchanged, survey shows
MANILA, Philippines—An estimated 10.4 million Filipino families described themselves as poor, while around 8.5 million families said they were food-poor over the past three months, according to a recent survey by the Social Weather Stations (SWS).
Both numbers are similar to the March figures, considering the survey’s error margin of plus or minus three percentage points.
The Second Quarter 2013 Social Weather Report, conducted from June 28 to 30 and first published in BusinessWorld, showed that 49 percent of Filipinos said they were poor, down by three percent from the 52 percent or 10.6 million families in March.
It also found that 40 percent said they were food-poor, up from 39 percent or 7.9 million families in the previous quarter.
In its survey on self-rated poverty, SWS asked 1,200 household heads nationwide to plot their family on a card with indicators stating “not poor,” “on the line” and “poor.”
Self-rated poverty fell the most in the Visayas, at 57 percent, down by eight points from the 65 percent in March.
Poverty also fell in Mindanao (from 53 percent in March to 47 percent in June), Metro Manila (from 42 percent to 40 percent) and Luzon outside Metro Manila (from 50 percent to 48 percent), but within the survey’s error margin for area percentages of plus or minus six percentage points.