Manila (Philippine Daily Inquirer/ANN) - Fewer Filipino families across the country consider themselves poor and hungry, according to a recent Social Weather Stations (SWS) survey.
According to the survey conducted on May 24-27, an estimated 10.3 million Filipino households, or 51 per cent of total households in the country, consider themselves poor, a decline from the 11.1 million households, or 55 per cent, recorded in March.
Meanwhile, those who said they were poor in terms of food accounted for 39 per cent, which translates to approximately 7.9 million households, a drop from the 45 per cent or 9.1 million families recorded in March.
The results of the survey showed that self-rated poverty was down in all locations in the country. It dropped seven points in Mindanao (from 72 per cent in March to 65 per cent), five points in Metro Manila (from 46 per cent to 41 per cent), four points in Visayas (from 61 per cent to 57 per cent), and two points in Luzon, excluding Metro Manila (from 45 per cent to 43 per cent).
Self-rated poverty was also down by five points in rural areas (from 66 per cent to 61 per cent in March) while it went from 40 per cent to 42 per cent in urban areas.
Self-rated food poverty also declined by 11 points in Mindanao (from 64 per cent in March to 53 per cent in May), five points in Metro Manila (from 30 per cent to 25 per cent) and six points in Luzon, excluding Metro Manila (from 38 per cent to 32 per cent). It barely changed in Visayas (from 47 per cent to 46 per cent).