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SWS survey says most Pinoys still think they’re ‘poor’

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More Filipinos are still considering themselves poor, despite promises of better lives  and opportunities under the new government.

In a recent report by the Social Weather Stations, 18.1 percent of 1,200 respondents interviewed said they have gone hungry in the past three months.

This number reflects at least 3.4 million Filipinos who are going hungry. Likewise, another 49 percent of respondents said they consider themselves poor. This is again equivalent to 9.2 million Filipinos, just slightly higher than in September 2010.

The recent survey was conducted in November and released this January.

Of this figure 3.1 percent of respondents, equivalent to 588,000 families, have experienced severe hunger. Those who were suffered moderate hunger was up at least two points in all geographical areas: 16 percent in Mindanao, up from 13.3 percent; 14.7 percent in Luzon, up from 12.3 percent; 17.7 percent up from 15.7 percent in Metro Manila; and 12.7 percent in Visayas from 11.7 percent.

The report also stated that one of the main causes of hunger among many Filipinos is increasing food prices. The National Statistics Office reported that inflation rate of consumer products in November to December reached three percent.

The NSO also puts the population currently at 94 million.

The SWS also identified the median poverty thresholds of poor households; P15,000 in Metro Manila, P9,000 in the rest of Luzon, P8,000 in Visayas, and P5,000 in Mindanao.

There are a variety of causes for poverty in the Philippines. The Asian Development Bank published a book detailing some of the major reasons, particularly fiscal deficit, public sector debt, and poor investment climate. Another cause overpopulation where income is reduced due to costs related to ensuring maintaining the population’s requirements.

President Benigno “Noynoy” Aquino III has stated his goal to reduce poverty in the Philippines in his first State of the Nation Address. (By Alexander Villafania, loQal.ph -For Yahoo! Southeast Asiaerty in the Philippines. The Asian Development Bank published a book detailing some of the major reasons, particularly fiscal deficit, public sector debt, and poor investment climate. Another cause overpopulation where income is reduced due to costs related to ensuring maintaining the population’s requirements.

President Benigno “Noynoy” Aquino III has stated his goal to reduce poverty in the Philippines in his first State of the Nation Address.

By Alexander Villafania, loQal.ph




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