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Palace blames Ompong over rise in self-rated poverty

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By Prince Golez

Malacanang on Wednesday expressed concern about the increasing number of Filipino families who considered themselves as poor.

According to the latest Social Weather Stations survey, 52 percent of Filipino families or 12.2 million families believed they are poor. This is four percentage points higher than the June’s 48 percent.

The September survey also found that 36 percent of 8.5 million families considered their food poor, up by two percentage points from June 2018.

“Nauunawaan namin ang sentimyento ng ating mga kababayan. Sa buwan ng Setyembre kung kailan isinagawa ang survey, ang inflation ay pumalo sa 6.7%, ayon sa Philippine Statistics Authority,” Presidential Spokesperson Harry Roque Jr.

Roque said typhoon “Ompong’s” damage to destruction to infrastructure and agriculture in the regions of Cagayan Valley, Ilocos and the Cordilleras led to higher consumer price inflation.

“For one, the destruction to agriculture and infrastructure caused by Typhoon Ompong in the Cordillera, Ilocos and Cagayan regions contributed to higher inflation. This would explain why self-rated poverty in Balance Luzon rose to 47% in September,” Roque also said.

He assured the Filipino people that measures are taken to control inflation.

“Kasama na rito ang direktiba ng Pangulo sa kanyang huling pagpupulong sa mga miyembro ng kanyang gabinete na walang limitasyong pag-aangkat ng bigas para palakasin ang suplay ng bigas at mapababa ang presyo nito. Walang pamilyang Pilipino ang dapat magutom. Iyan ang atas at hangarin ng Pangulo,” the official added.