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Fewer Filipinos say they’re poor, hungry

/ 01:52 AM June 29, 2012

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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 percent of total households in the country, consider themselves poor, a decline from the 11.1 million households, or 55 percent, recorded in March.

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Meanwhile, those who said they were poor in terms of food accounted for 39 percent, which translates to approximately 7.9 million households, a drop from the 45 percent 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 percent in March to 65 percent), five points in Metro Manila (from 46 percent to 41 percent), four points in Visayas (from 61 percent to 57 percent), and two points in Luzon, excluding Metro Manila (from 45 percent to 43 percent).

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Self-rated poverty was also down by five points in rural areas (from 66 percent to 61 percent in March) while it went from 40 percent to 42 percent in urban areas.

Self-rated food poverty also declined by 11 points in Mindanao (from 64 percent in March to 53 percent in May), five points in Metro Manila (from 30 percent to 25 percent) and six points in Luzon, excluding Metro Manila (from 38 percent to 32 percent). It barely changed in Visayas (from 47 percent to 46 percent). Inquirer Research

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