WHILE one out of three Filipino families have escaped poverty, one out of 12 fell into it, the latest Social Weather Stations survey revealed Friday.
In a survey from Dec. 8 to 16, some 31 percent of Filipino families expressed they have escaped poverty —consisting of 17 percent who said they were usually non-poor and 14 percent newly non-poor.
The 14 percent rating is the highest rate of newly non-poor families since the 13.8 percent recorded when the question was first asked in December 2014.
Meanwhile, 12 percent of Filipino families said they fell into poverty.
Of this number, 6 percent said they were usually poor, while another 6 percent said they were newly poor.
Of the 56 percent which rated themselves as non-poor, meanwhile, some 25 percent said they have never experienced poverty (“always non-poor”).
The SWS had earlier reported the percentage of Filipinos believing they were poor slightly went down by three points to 44 percent, or an estimated 10 million families from the previous quarter; while the proportion of non food-poor steadied at 32 percent or an estimated 7.3 million families in September 2017.
The non-commissioned survey, fielded among 1,200 adults nationwide, had a sampling margin of error of ±2.5 percent for national percentages.