Nearly 10 million Filipinos consider themselves poor, a poll has found. This shot shows a poor area in the capital Manila. Photo: Wikimedia Commons, Anton Zelenov

Around 9.8 million Filipino families consider themselves poor, according to a survey conducted by Social Weather Stations research group.

According to the survey, conducted from March 23 to 27, some 42% of Filipino families think that they are poor, which is 2% less than the results they got last year, Tempo reported.

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).

42% of Filipino families consider themselves poor. Photo: Social Weather Stations

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.

29% of Filipino families think they are ‘food-poor’. Photo: Social Weather Stations

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.