Malacañang has acknowledged the findings of the latest Social Weather Stations (SWS) survey on self-rated poverty and self-rated food poverty, saying the government is focused on addressing poverty alleviation.
Presidential Communications Operations
Office Secretary Herminio Coloma, Jr. however noted that a similar
government survey showed a decline in poverty incidence.
“While we take cognizance of the slight rise in the self-rated poverty
and self-rated food poverty, the government policies and programs are
pursued based on the Family Income and Expenditure Survey (FIES) of the
Philippine Statistics Authority, which shows that poverty incidence has
eased to 24.9 percent for the first semester of 2013, compared to the
27.9 percent in the same period in 2012,” Secretary Coloma said.
He said the same FIES showed a decline in the proportion of extremely
poor Filipino individuals who could not afford to meet basic food
requirements from 13.4 percent in 2012 to 10.7 percent in 2013.
“Nonetheless, the government shall continue to focus on intensifying
programs for poverty reduction and social protection, including
increasing the budget and coverage of the Conditional Cash Transfer
program,” he said in the statement.
The government, he said, has earmarked the biggest portion of the
proposed P2.606-trillion 2015 national budget for social services at
P967.9 billion or 37.2 percent.
“The proposed budget also focuses on delivering high-impact projects in
44 provinces with high poverty magnitude where more job opportunities
will be created: provinces with high poverty incidence that require
adequate social safety nets and those which are vulnerable to natural
calamities,” said Coloma.
The SWS survey on self-rated poverty, conducted from September 26 to 29,
showed 55 percent of the 1,200 respondents nationwide considered
The survey said the figure, which is equivalent to an estimated 12.1
million families, is unchanged from June and three points above the 52
percent average for the four quarters of 2013. (PCOO News Release)