Sat. Jan 29th, 2022

Slightly fewer Filipinos rated themselves as poor in the third quarter of 2021, according to a survey conducted by the Social Weather Stations (SWS).

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The latest findings of the pollster published late Saturday night showed 45 percent of Filipino families rating themselves as poor, 34 percent rating themselves as borderline poor, and 21 percent rating themselves as not poor.

“This compares to June 2021 when 48 percent felt poor, 29 percent felt borderline poor, and 23 percent felt not poor,” the SWS said in a statement.

The SWS estimated numbers of self-rated poor families are 11.4 million in September 2021 and 12 million in June 2021.

The pollster results showed that the number of self-rated poor families fell in the Visayas and Metro Manila while borderline poor families rose in all areas except Mindanao.

“The three-point decrease in self-rated poor in the third quarter of 2021 was due to a sharp decline in the Visayas and a slight decrease in Metro Manila, offset by a steady score in Balance Luzon and an increase in Mindanao,” the SWS said.

According to SWS, the number of self-rated poor families fell in the Visayas and Metro Manila while borderline poor families rose in all areas except Mindanao.

“The three-point decrease in self-rated poor in the third quarter of 2021 was due to a sharp decline in the Visayas and a slight decrease in Metro Manila, offset by a steady score in Balance Luzon and an increase in Mindanao,” the pollster said.

Compared to June 2021, the number of Filipino families who considered themselves poor fell in the Visayas from 70 percent to 54 percent and Metro Manila from 43 percent to 34 percent.

It stayed at 38 percent in Balance Luzon from June 2021 to September 2021. However, it rose in Mindanao from 51 percent to 58 percent.

Borderline poor rose in the Visayas from 24 percent in June 2021 to 42 percent in September 2021 and Metro Manila from 19 percent to 30 percent.

It rose slightly in Balance Luzon from 28 percent to 32 percent.

In Mindanao, borderline poor fell from 42 percent to 34 percent.

Compared to June 2021, not poor hardly changed in all areas: it went from 7 percent to 4 percent in the Visayas, from 38 percent to 37 percent in Metro Manila, from 34 percent to 30 percent in Balance Luzon, and from 7 percent to 8 percent in Mindanao.

Palace welcomes development

Cabinet Secretary and acting Presidential Spokesperson Karlo Nograles welcomed the SWS survey result as proof that efforts of the government to reopen the economy are bearing fruit.

“The results of the survey — particularly the decrease of Filipino families rating themselves as ‘mahirap,’ from 48 percent in June 2021 to 45 percent in September 2021 — show that progress has been made in our efforts to reopen the economy and bounce back from the adverse economic impact of the Covid-19 pandemic,” Nograles said.

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