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    3.9 million Filipino families are poor

    THE Philippine government on Monday said it is working to reduce the number of poor people in the country, which a recent Social Weather Stations (SWS) survey estimated at 17.8 percent or 3.9 million families.
    Presidential Communication Operations Office (PCOO) Secretary Herminio Coloma Jr. disclosed that all concerned government agencies are now moving towards poverty reduction and social protection.
    “If we look at the 2014 national budget, the big chunk of this -- more than 37 percent -- is allotted to poverty reduction and social protection,” Coloma said.
    He noted that figures from the Philippine Statistics Authority, National Statistics Office, and National Economic Development Authority show that the incidence of poverty in the country has decreased to 24.9 percent in 2013 from 27.9 percent previously.
    Coloma further said that even the SWS surveys show a decline in poverty.
    An SWS survey done in December 2013, showed that 18.1 percent of respondents were suffering from hunger. The figure decreased to 17.8 percent, or 3.9 million Filipino families, in the recent survey, which was conducted last March 27 to 30.
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