The number of Filipinos living in poverty has increased in the past six years, proof that the Aquino administration failed to uplift the lives of the poor, the camp of Vice President Jejomar Binay said Thursday.
“There are more Filipinos now who describe themselves as poor compared to the beginning of the Aquino administration,” Joey Salgado, Media Affairs chief of the Office of the Vice President (OVP), said as he compared the latest survey of the Social Weather Stations (SWS) on self-rated poverty to the Third Quarter 2010 survey.
He said based on SWS data, the number of Filipinos who described themselves as poor in 2010, within the first three months of Aquino administration, was at 48 percent.
The figure jumped to 50 percent as of the last survey, he said.
“They cannot dispute the fact that more Filipinos consider themselves poor today that in 2010,” he added.
Conducted from December 5 to 8, the Fourth Quarter 2015 SWS survey found that 50 percent or an estimated 11.2 million of families consider themselves poor.
“Where are we at right now? Despite the economic growth the administration keeps crowing about, 10 million Filipinos are still unemployed. More and more Filipinos are forced to leave the country to find work overseas because there are no job opportunities here. The cost of healthcare has risen and it is getting harder for people to get treatment in hospitals,” Salgado said.
“Economic growth has favored only a few. Millions are still poor, hungry, and unemployed,” he added.
“Do we want more of the same? Of course not. The Vice President will not allow poverty – spawned by six years of incompetence, insensitivity, and indecisiveness – to continue,” Salgado said.
“The Vice President has always been saying economic growth is meaningless if it excludes the poor and working class Filipinos. We have claims of growth in the midst of unmitigated poverty, unemployment and hunger. The job of any administration is to address poverty by providing jobs and economic opportunities,” he noted.
According to the World Bank, the Philippines lags behind Vietnam and Indonesia when it comes to fighting poverty.