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Palace saddened by SWS poll showing 84% of Filipino families are poor

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The Palace on Tuesday said it was saddened by a recent survey which found that at least 84 percent of Filipino families feel that they are poor or borderline poor.

The November 21 to 25 survey by the Social Weather Stations also said that only 16 percent of Filipino families did not think they are poor.

“Nakakalungkot talaga yan. ‘Yan ay epekto ng pagpatuloy na lockdown natin at quarantine dahil nga sa pandemya,” said presidential spokesperson Harry Roque.

In its report published this week, SWS said 48 percent families included in the survey identified themselves as “poor,” while 36 percent felt they were “borderline poor.”

Survey results also showed that at least 78 percent of Filipinos were food poor or borderline food poor, with the results suggesting that 31 percent identified as food poor, while the borderline food-poor were 47 percent. Meanwhile, 22 percent of respondents said they were non-food-poor.

A total of 1,500 working-age Filipinos nationwide participated in the survey through face-to-face interviews, yielding sampling error margins of ±2.5 percent for national percentages.

Roque assured the public that life will return to normal once a vaccine for coronavirus disease becomes available.

“Ginagawa natin ang lahat para maibigay ang bakuna sa mga Pilipino kahit ano pang halaga niyan at dahil alam natin na ito lang po ang tunay sa solusyon sa pandemyang ito. At matapos ang pandemya, lahat tayo makakabalik sa ating hanapbuhay at bababa ang kahirapan,” he added.

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