Around 9.8 million Filipino families consider themselves poor, according to a survey conducted by Social Weather Stations research group.
In the survey, families said that the monthly budget that households need to not be considered as poor is 13,000 Philippine pesos (US$250).
For families living in Metro Manila, they said they need 20,000 pesos for living expenses to be considered “not poor”.
The survey also found that nearly a third (29%) of families interviewed considered themselves to be ‘food-poor’. Poor families need at least 3,000 pesos for food expenses.
The survey was conducted last month in Metro Manila, Luzon, the Visayas and Mindanao. Some 1,200 people aged over 18 gave responses in face-to-face interviews.