The Fourth Quarter 2017 Social Weather Survey, done on December 8-16, 2017, found that 31% of Filipino families, or about one out of three, escaped poverty (17% usually non-poor, 14% newly non-poor). It also found that 12% of Filipino families, or about one out of eight, fell into poverty (6% usually poor, 6% newly poor) [Chart 1, Table 1]. The December 2017 survey found that of the 56% Self-Rated Non-Poor families, 25% have never experienced poverty (“always non-poor”).
The 31% who transitioned out of poverty consists of 17% who used to be poor five or more years ago (“usually non-poor”), and 14% who used to be poor 1-4 years ago (“newly non-poor”). The survey also found that of the 44% Self-Rated Poor families, 31% have never experienced being non-poor (“always poor”). The 12% who transitioned into poverty consists of 6.4% who used to be non-poor five or more years ago (“usually poor”), and 6.0% who used to be non-poor 1-4 years ago (“newly poor”). The figure for December 2017 is the highest rate of newly non-poor families since the 13.8% recorded when the question was first surveyed in December 2014.
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