20m Filipinos live below poverty threshold


By Aluta News

Aug 15, 2022

Nearly 20 million Filipinos were  living below the national poverty line in 2021, said a government survey released on Monday.

The Philippine Statistics Authority (PSA) said the poverty incidence among the population, or the proportion of Filipinos whose per capita income could not  sufficiently meet the individual basic food and non-food needs, was at 18.1 per cent.

“This translates to around 19.99 million Filipinos who lived below the poverty threshold of about 12,030 pesos (215.29 U.S. dollars) per month for a family of five,” PSA head Dennis Mapa said.

The Philippines has a population of about 110 million.

Mapa said the subsistence incidence, defined as the proportion of Filipinos whose income was not enough to meet even just the basic food needs, slightly increased to 5.9 per cent in 2021.

“It was estimated that a family of five needs at least 8,379 pesos (150 U.S. dollars) per month to meet their basic food requirements,” Mapa added.