SWS Survey says 50% of Filipino families consider themselves poor; Malacañang to double efforts to reduce poverty

Five out of 10 Filipino families consider themselves poor, according to results of a new Social Weather Stations survey covering the 1st quarter of the year.

According to SWS, the March 2017 Survey was conducted from March 25-28, 2017 using face-to-face interviews of 1,200 adults (18+ years) nationwide, 300 each in Metro Manila, Balance Luzon, Visayas, and Mindanao (sampling error margins of ±3% for national percentages and ±6% each for Metro Manila, Balance Luzon, Visayas and Mindanao).

The area estimates were weighted by Philippine Statistics Authority medium-population projections for 2017 to gain the national estimates.

Malacanang, reacting to the SWS survey, said the administration will double efforts to reduce poverty and raise awareness among the poor of government programs that are available for them.

“The government is offering services for the poor that are already available,” said presidential spokesperson Ernesto Abella.

He added that they are also working with other sectors to reduce poverty.

“Government, therefore, needs to intensify its response in addressing the problem of poverty, with the help of business, civil society and other vital stakeholders,” said Abella.

Among the government’s anti-poverty efforts include higher pension for seniors, free medicines for indigents, added incentive and combat duty pay for policemen and soldiers, gratuity pay for job order and contract workers in the government and the regularization of employees.

He added that the administration gives certificates of land ownership awards to landless farmers in a bid to end rural poverty. The government also provides machinery and equipment to farmers to help them become more productive, and distriburing fishing boats to fishermen.

The government is also increasing spending on infrastructure projects and promoting access to microfinance which would help small- and medium-scale enterprises grow.

“While circumstances are quickly improving, people need to know what is available out there,” said Abella.

For added survey information, here’s a chart by SWS that shows Filipino families claiming they are poor from April 1983-March 2017:

Image by SWS

For more charts and information, visit: SWS