Palace: A lot more must be done to lift Filipino families out of poverty | Inquirer News
Close  

Palace: A lot more must be done to lift Filipino families out of poverty

By: - Reporter / @DYGalvezINQ
/ 04:38 PM May 19, 2022
Palace: A lot more must be done to lift Filipino families out of poverty

Communications Secretary Martin Andanar. INQUIRER FILE PHOTO

MANILA, Philippines — Malacañang on Thursday admitted that “much more needs to be done” to alleviate poverty in the country, and cited how the COVID-19 pandemic “has taken a heavy toll on income and job opportunities.”

The Palace issued the statement after an estimated 10.9 million Filipino families considered themselves “poor” in the first quarter of the year, according to a survey conducted by the Social Weather Stations (SWS).

ADVERTISEMENT

“The COVID-19 pandemic has taken a heavy toll on income and job opportunities. It is for this reason that we have accelerated social and economic recovery while managing the risk due to COVID-19,” acting presidential spokesman Martin Andanar said in a statement.

Andanar noted the imposition of some measures – although for the immediate term – that include the easing of restrictions and placing of areas under Alert Level 1 to “further improve the performance of key sectors such as tourism and opening of schools for face-to-face learning.”

FEATURED STORIES

“We recognize that much more needs to be done to lift Filipino families from their poor condition.  We have therefore adopted a Ten-Point Policy Agenda for Economic Recovery last April 2022 where all government agencies are directed to ensure all-related policies, programs, and measures of the government are aligned with the Ten-Point Policy Agenda,” he added.

The SWS survey conducted from April 19-27 showed that 43 percent of Filipinos rated themselves as “poor” while 34 percent felt “borderline poor.”

Twenty-three percent, meanwhile, considered themselves “not poor,” according to the same survey released Wednesday.

RELATED STORY

PH poverty rate climbed to 23.7% in first half of ’21

KGA

Subscribe to our daily newsletter

By providing an email address. I agree to the Terms of Use and acknowledge that I have read the Privacy Policy.

For more news about the novel coronavirus click here.
What you need to know about Coronavirus.
For more information on COVID-19, call the DOH Hotline: (02) 86517800 local 1149/1150.

The Inquirer Foundation supports our healthcare frontliners and is still accepting cash donations to be deposited at Banco de Oro (BDO) current account #007960018860 or donate through PayMaya using this link.

Read Next
Don't miss out on the latest news and information.

Subscribe to INQUIRER PLUS to get access to The Philippine Daily Inquirer & other 70+ titles, share up to 5 gadgets, listen to the news, download as early as 4am & share articles on social media. Call 896 6000.

TAGS: COVID-19, Employment, Palace, Philippines, Poverty, SWS
For feedback, complaints, or inquiries, contact us.

Subscribe to our daily newsletter

By providing an email address. I agree to the Terms of Use and
acknowledge that I have read the Privacy Policy.



© Copyright 1997-2022 INQUIRER.net | All Rights Reserved

We use cookies to ensure you get the best experience on our website. By continuing, you are agreeing to our use of cookies. To find out more, please click this link.