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Self-rated poverty at record low

Posted by akosistella on April 19, 2010


… but hunger incidence still near all-time peak

THE NUMBER OF FILIPINO FAMILIES who feel poor has fallen to a level last seen 23 years ago but hunger remains near the record high, the Social Weather Stations (SWS) said, tracing the dichotomy to significant belt-tightening.

“The reason why self-rated poverty is relatively low and at the same time hunger is relatively high is because living standards have dropped so low that many families do not rate themselves as poor even if they suffered from hunger recently,” the SWS said in a report on its March 19-22 poll, the results of which were made exclusive to BusinessWorld.

The survey found 43% or an estimated 8.1 million families rating themselves as mahirap, matching the record low set in March 1987. At the same time, 21.2% or some four million households said they experienced having nothing to eat in the last three months, down from December 2009’s record of 24%.

The hunger figure, said SWS, “is still far above the 1998-2010 average of 13.4%.”

via BusinessWorld Online.


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