12.2 million Filipino families feel ‘poor’, SWS finds

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A resident fixes his damaged shanty after a tornado and torrential downpour brought on by monsoon rains battered a residential area in Baseco, Tondo, Manila, Philippines August 15, 2016. Nearly half of Filipino families consider themselves poor, according to a survey conducted by Social Weather Station. (Photo: REUTERS/Romeo Ranoco)
A resident fixes his damaged shanty after a tornado and torrential downpour brought on by monsoon rains battered a residential area in Baseco, Tondo, Manila, Philippines August 15, 2016. Nearly half of Filipino families consider themselves poor, according to a survey conducted by Social Weather Station. (Photo: REUTERS/Romeo Ranoco)

A recent Social Weather Stations (SWS) survey released on Tuesday (Aug. 2) showed that nearly half of Filipinos feel poor.

Out of 1,500 adult respondents polled from June 26 to 29 this year, 48% rate themselves as “poor,” while 31% said that they’re “borderline poor,” and 21% rated themselves as “not poor.”

Filipinos who rated themselves as poor rose in all regions, most especially in Metro Manila and the Visayas.

“The estimated numbers of self-rated poor families are 12.2 million in June 2022 and 10.9 million in April 2022,” SWS said.

The Visayas region recorded the highest increase by 16 percentage points from April 2022’s 48% to 64%, while in Metro Manila 41% in June 2022 from 32% in April 2022, while Mindanao recorded a slight increase of two percentage points, from 60% in April to 62% in June 2022.

Balance Luzon, or Luzon without the National Capital Region, slightly rose to 36% from 35% in April 2022.

Those who consider themselves “borderline” poor in the Visayas sharply decreased from 46% in April 2022 to 26% in June 2022. The same is also the case in Mindanao where it declined to 31% from 33%, and in Balance Luzon, it rose to 36% from 28%.

Meanwhile, those who consider themselves “not poor” in Metro Manila rose from 26% to 37%, while in the Visayas, it also rose from 6% to 10%. It generally stagnated in Mindanao at 7%, and it decreased in Balance Luzon to 28%%, from April 2022’s 37%.

“The estimated numbers of self-rated food-poor families are 8.7 million in June 2022 and 7.9 million in April 2022,” the SWS noted, saying that those who are food-poor rose in all areas except in Mindanao.

The survey also showed that 8.8% of the families are “newly poor,” or those who were non-poor 1 to 4 years ago.

“Of the estimated 12.2 million self-rated poor families in June 2022, 2.2 million were newly poor, 1.6 million were usually poor, and 8.4 million were always poor,” the survey further pointed out.

Marvin Joseph Ang is a news and creative writer who follows developments on politics, democracy, and popular culture. He advocates for a free press and national democracy. Follow him on Twitter at @marvs30ang for latest news and updates.

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