Sat. May 8th, 2021

Malacañang is hoping fewer Filipinos would feel that they are poor once a vaccine for coronavirus disease 2019 (Covid-19) is available, which will eventually allow more people to resume their work or livelihood.

Presidential Spokesperson Harry Roque said the Palace was saddened by results of the latest Social Weather Stations (SWS) survey that showed that nearly half of Filipino families considering themselves “poor.”

The SWS survey, conducted from Nov. 21 to 25 by face-to-face interviews, found 48 percent of families rating themselves as “poor”, 36 percent feeling “borderline poor”, and only 16 percent feeling “not poor”.

“That’s really sad and that’s the effect of continuous lockdowns and quarantine because of the pandemic,” Roque said in Filipino in a Palace press briefing.

Roque said that once the bulk of Covid-19 vaccines is available by the third quarter of next year, more Filipinos will be able to resume work or their source of livelihood.

“The Christmas gift we can give everyone is the hope that this pandemic will end soon once vaccines are available,” he said in Filipino.

It should be noted that the country’s gross domestic product dropped by 16.9 percent in the second quarter and 11.5 percent in the third quarter as businesses and the economy struggled with the Covid-19 pandemic. SOVEREIGNPH

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