Number of families who believe they are poor drops to 10 million

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Graph showing the long-term trend of people who consider their families to be “mahirap”, or poor.

Fewer Filipino families consider themselves to be poor, down by about 900,000 families, according to a new quarterly survey.

A (SWS) poll released today (Wednesday, January 17) found that 44 per cent — or an estimated 10 million families — continue to class themselves as poor.

A similar survey in September found that 47 per cent — or about 10.9 million families — gave the same answer.

“This gives an average Self-Rated Poverty of 46 per cent for all quarters of 2017, two points short of the record-low average 44 per cent of ,” the SWS said in a press release.

The biggest fall was recorded on the Island of Luzon — excluding — where the number of those considering themselves poor dropped from 50 per cent to 40.

The only place where the figure rose was the Island of , where the figure went up from 45 per cent to 52.

Nearly one third remain ‘food poor’

The survey also found that 32 per cent of respondents — or an estimated 7.3 million families — rated their food as ‘poor’. This figure is unchanged from September.

“The steady nationwide self-rated food poverty in the fourth quarter of 2017 was due to increases in Mindanao and Metro Manila, combined with a decrease in the Visayas, and a steady score in Balance Luzon,” the SWS said.

According to SWS, the monthly a household needs in not to consider itself poor is 15,000 pesos. The figure for a family to be considered ‘food-poor’ is 6,000.

The survey was conducted using face-to-face interviews with 1,200 adults nationwide, with 300 each in Metro Manila, Luzon, Visayas and Mindanao.

The survey has a margin of error of ±3 per cent nationwide, ±4 per cent for Luzon, and ±6 per cent each for Metro Manila, Visayas and Mindanao, the polling body said.

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