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Palace admits ‘millions’ of Pinoys still poor: Poverty can’t be addressed overnight

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By Prince Golez

Despite the decrease in self-rated poverty nationwide, Malacañang acknowledged that poverty remains a problem in the Philippines.

Presidential Spokesperson Salvador Panelo was reacting to the results of the latest Social Weather Stations survey that 42 percent of Filipino families consider themselves poor, a 3-point lower than the previous survey conducted in March.

“Poverty, however, is a concern that cannot be addressed overnight and this Administration recognizes this fact. Hence, notwithstanding the latest survey showing favorable results, there is no denying that millions of families remain poor,” Panelo said in a statement Tuesday.

The chief presidential legal counsel noted that the country’s economic managers have intensified their efforts and targeted to lift one million Filipinos from poverty every year.

“To realize this, pertinent departments and agencies have instituted social protection measures, which include rice liberalization and institutionalization of cash transfers, to ensure that no one is left behind as we progress as a nation under the leadership of (Duterte),” he added.

Panelo said the Executive Branch will continue to implement medium to long-term programs to help the poor escape poverty.

These, he added, include enhancing investments in infrastructure “to address economic disparities in urban-rural areas” and investing in human capital “to make good the commitment of the President to deliver genuine and meaningful change to our society.”

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