Self-rated poverty levels surge in Mindanao - survey
MANILA, Philippines - The number of Filipino families that consider themselves poor has risen markedly, the latest survey, conducted by the Social Weather Stations (SWS) last March 10-13, showed.
The increase is particularly significant for Mindanao where the figure for the latest poll is at 64%--more than double the level in the December 2011 poll, which was at 30%.
Of the total respondents to the poll nationwide, 55%--equivalent to an estimated 11.1 million families--claimed they were poor.
The polling firm said this is 10 points higher than results for the December 2011 poll where 45% of respondents--or 9.1 million households--described themselves as poor.
In the story published on the BusinessWorld, the SWS said the new self-rated poverty levels are the highest to date for the Aquino administration.
Self-rated poverty hit its highest level at 74% in July 1985 during the Marcos dictatorship.
The highest recorded rate during the Ramos and Arroyo administrations was at 59%. This self-rated poverty level was hit in April 1994 and September 2002, respectively.
Read about the survey results on BusinessWorld. - Rappler.com