• Poverty down, Malacañang insists

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    MalacaÑang on Wednesday said poverty incidence had gone down amid a recent survey showing that self-rated poverty remains at 50 percent.

    Palace spokesman Edwin Lacierda said based on the annual poverty indicator survey conducted by the National Economic and Development Authority (NEDA), 2.5 million Filipinos have been moved out of the poverty level.

    “We have government statistics to buttress that and we do so with confidence,” Lacierda told a news briefing in Malacañang.

    He was commenting on the survey on self-rated poverty and hunger, conducted by the Social Weather Stations (SWS), which said fewer Filipino families went hungry in the second quarter even as more claimed to be poor.

    “We have no problem with that. We respect that survey,” Lacieda said.

    The government, on the other hand, has a formula for computing poverty incidence, he added.

    “We take into consideration the number of families, their salary below the poverty income level threshold, over the number of families that are part of that,” Lacierda explained.
    “So there has been a three percent decrease in poverty, insofar as the annual poverty incidence survey is concerned,” he said.

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