Poverty is increasing in our beloved land. Some 55% of Filipinos now rate themselves as "poor". "Food poor", or inability to feed sufficiently, thus one of the worst categories of poverty, now affect 45% of us.
MANILA, Philippines - The number of Filipino families who consider themselves poor grew by two million in the last three months, a survey by the Social Weather Stations (SWS) revealed.
The poll, conducted from March 10 to 13, found 55 percent of the respondents (about 11.1 million families) claiming to be “mahirap” or poor, 10 points higher than the 45 percent or 9.1 million households registered in December last year.
The SWS said the number of families claiming to be “food-poor” also increased by nine points from 36 percent or an estimated 7.2 million in December to 45 percent or an estimated 9.1 million families in March.