MANILA, Philippines – The Philippine government is aiming to bring down poverty incidence to at least 18%, higher than the 16.6% set under the Millennium Development Goals.
How is the country really faring against poverty and hunger?
According to the Philippine Statistics Authority’s 2014 Annual Poverty Indicators Survey, poverty incidence among Filipinos rose to 25.8% from 24.6% in 2013. But since 2006, poverty has almost remained constant.
When it comes to the people, it seems that more identify as suffering from poverty.
The results of a Social Weather Stations survey showed that 51% of Filipino people consider themselves poor during the first quarter of 2015. Meanwhile, 36% identify themselves as food-poor or without enough resources to obtain nutritionally adequate sustenance.
On Monday, June 29, at 11 am, Rappler talked to Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) Secretary Corazon Juliano-Soliman and World Food Programme (WFP) Country Director Praveen Agrawal to discuss the current state of hunger and poverty in the country.
They talked about their poverty alleviation and hunger mitigation initiatives and their importance, impacts, and challenges.
With the nearing 2016 Presidential Elections, will the problems of poverty and hunger carry over the next administration?
Watch the full interview below: