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first_imgDon’t miss out on the latest news and information. The SWS survey showed that these same households in Luzon and the Visayas considered a P8,000 to P5,000 budget as sufficient to cover their monthly food consumption “so they won’t feel food-poor.”That same survey also showed that the budgets pegged by these households as sufficient in order to consider themselves as “not poor” went up to P15,000 in Manila, P10,000 in Luzon and the Visayas and P9,500 in Mindanao.FEATURED STORIESNEWSINFOSenate to probe Tolentino’s ‘novel legal theories’ on oral agreementsNEWSINFOLocsin wants to drop ‘visas upon arrival’ privilegeNEWSINFOTolentino: No more debate with Drilon on China dealIt’s easy to put up numbers when making budgets because that’s essentially making a wish list unlike those made to Santa Claus before Christmas time in childhood.Unfortunately, instead of Santa Claus we have the government and the companies who aren’t quite charitable nor benevolent as they would like to make us believe. MOST READ Quake disturbs Itbayat, Batanes anew Fake cop accosts real cops, is arrested in Pateros SMC bags Bulacan airport project Carpio gets nominated as CJ for 4th time Fake cop accosts real cops, is arrested in Pateros Angara: Investigate DOH’s ‘constipated’ medicine distribution system BPI nets P13.74B in H1 Gainful employment and providing incentives to both employees and companies alike are just some of the needed programs to kickstart the economy and, unlike Aquino’s predecessor, a general house-cleaning is in order to restore public trust and optimism for a brighter and a more secure future.Read Next While we have wage boards to negotiate with companies, Congress and the local officials are not as accessible until it’s election season or until a calamity hits whichever comes first.MORE STORIESnewsinfoLOOK: MMDA conducts 2nd round of clearing ops in Pasig, PaterosnewsinfoDemocrats fight over health care, immigration at debatenewsinfoUS fighter jet crashes in Death Valley, 7 park visitors hurtMORE STORIESnewsinfoLOOK: MMDA conducts 2nd round of clearing ops in Pasig, PaterosnewsinfoDemocrats fight over health care, immigration at debatenewsinfoUS fighter jet crashes in Death Valley, 7 park visitors hurtAll these numbers eventually will not matter for communities that are hardest hit by calamities like the 7.2-magnitude earthquake in Bohol. Affected families lined up at the Pag-Ibig to secure housing loans to rebuild their homes.Hence a lot of Filipinos take two or more jobs to supplement their income, not unlike an increasing number of Americans who start working in their teen years to support themselves.Or they go abroad to earn even bigger at the expense of sacrificing their families. The survey, like all previous surveys, merely highlights the ever growing gap between the poor, the middle class and the privileged.To its credit, the Aquino administration had been doing its best to close that gap through tourism and even band aid programs like the “Pantawid” or doleouts. The poverty problem isn’t something that is solved overnight or even during the lifetime of two administrations as his predecessors amply showed.ADVERTISEMENT Tolentino: No more debate with Drilon on China deal LATEST STORIES Three things must be considered on the September Social Weather Station (SWS) survey which showed that half of the 10.8 million households interviewed considered themselves poor, a figure unchanged from the June survey.The survey showed that 37 percent of these households considered themselves food-poor or three percentage points down from the 40 percent registered in the June survey.ADVERTISEMENT PCSO to focus on improving transparency of gaming activities PLAY LIST 03:26PCSO to focus on improving transparency of gaming activities01:39Sotto open to discuss, listen to pros and cons of divorce bill06:02Senate to probe Tolentino’s ‘novel legal theories’ on oral agreements01:50Palace open to make Dengvaxia usable again as dengue cases spike01:49House seeks probe on ‘massive corruption’ in PCSO01:37PCSO estimates P250M in Lotto revenue loss due to suspension View commentslast_img