SWS: More Filipino families escaped poverty in 2017

In a survey conducted by Social Weather Stations (SWS), around 31 percent of Filipino families were able to remove themselves out of poverty in 2017.

The survey was facilitated from December 8 to 16, showing that highest rate of Filipino families were out of poverty since December 2014.

31 percent of Filipino families are now considered “newly non-poor”, 17 percent among them used to be poor five or more years ago, while 14 percent were poor one to four years ago.

“The figure for December 2017 is the highest rate of newly non-poor families since the 13.8 percent recorded when the question was first surveyed in December 2014,” SWS said.

The survey also showed that 25 percent of the families considered themselves as “always non-poor” since they have never experienced being poor.

Then a total of 56 percent were under “self-rated non-poor” which included the 31 percent of the families who have escaped poverty, the pollster said.

The SWS also found that 12 percent of the families fell into poverty with 6.4 percent were rated as “usually poor”, and 6 percent were “newly poor”.

The survey also showed that 44 percent Filipino families considered themselves as poor, with 31 percent of them believed that they are “always poor” as they never experienced being non-poor.

The palace also reacted to the survey results of SWS, saying that President Duterte’s administration is still committed to lift the less fortunate out of poverty.

“We take note of the Social Weather Stations survey showing that 31 percent of Filipino families escaped poverty while 12 percent of Filipino families fell into the poverty,” Spokesman Harry Roque said in a news briefing in Aklan on Saturday.

“This is the reason why we are driven to inclusive development to bring lasting positive benefits to our people. In particular, our target is to lift about six million Filipinos out of poverty,” Roque added.

 Source: Manila Times

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