Highest "self-rated poverty level" during P-Noy administration recorded in SWS survey, 55% of respondents claim to be poor

GMA News Online reports: "The number of Filipino households that consider themselves poor surged in the first quarter of 2012, rising to 11.1 million from 9.1 million in December 2011.

GMA News Online reports: "The number of Filipino households that consider themselves poor surged in the first quarter of 2012, rising to 11.1 million from 9.1 million in December 2011. The surges in ’self-poverty’ were noted in Mindanao and in rural areas, according to the survey conducted by pollster Social Weather Stations (SWS) last March 10 to 13." The results of the survey-which culled information from face-to-face interviews with 1,200 adults nationwide-were published in SWS’ media partner BusinessWorld.

 

According to the survey, "55 percent of respondents, or the equivalent to some 11.1 million families, claimed to be mahirap (poor), 10 points higher than December's 45 percent or 9.1 million households." The report added: "Also, the survey showed 45 percent or some 9.1 million families consider themselves poor in terms of food, nine points up from the 36 percent or an estimated 7.2 million in the previous quarter."



SWS noted that while "these new levels of self-rated poverty are the highest so far under the Aquino administration," the figures are "still below the record high of 74 percent for self-rated poverty in July 1985 during the Marcos administration."

 

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