Amid the coronavirus pandemic, at least 48 percent of Filipino families felt that they are poor, according to results of the latest Social Weather Stations (SWS) survey on self-rated poverty (SRP).
That, however, was much better than the 54 percent who felt they were poor in December 2019, also according to the SWS.
The latest SWS survey was conducted from November 21 to 25, 2020.
The latest SWS survey also showed that 16 percent claimed they are not poor, which is among the lowest recorded under the current Duterte administration. In the December 2019 survey from SWS, 24 percent labeled themselves as “not poor.”
“In December 2019, the last time that SRP was implemented, there were 54 percent that felt Poor, 23 percent that felt Borderline Poor, and 23 percent that felt Not Poor,” SWS said.
“From December 2019 to November 2020, the borderline-poor grew by 13 points, consisting of 6-points that climbed up from below, and 7 points that fell down from above,” it added.
In Metro Manila, self-rated poverty numbers did not change substantially with people saying their families were not poor still at 42 percent. On the other hand, those who claimed they were poor went up just slightly, from 41 percent in December 2019 to 45 percent in November 2020.
In the Visayas and Mindanao, the changes were greater with SWS data showing that from 12 percent in 2019, only 6 percent rated themselves as “not poor” in November 2020, while the borderline poor rose from 22 percent to 35 percent.SWS conducted the survey covering 1,500 adults with 600 coming from Balance Luzon and 300 each from Metro Manila, Visayas, and Mindanao. It said it maintains sampling error margins of ±2.5% for national percentages, ±4% for Balance Luzon, and ±6% for Metro Manila, the Visayas, and Mindanao. SOVEREIGNPH