Php 10,481 Poverty Threshold among Filipinos

The Philippine Statistics Authority has released information regarding poverty in the country. Here’s the latest report about the official measuring numbers of the poverty incidence among Filipinos for the first semester of 2018.

Filipino Food and Poverty Threshold

According to Philippine Statistic Authority, for the first semester of 2018, the families with a minimum of five members need Php7,337.00 to sustain their needs on their basic food monthly. The poverty threshold for basic food and non-food is required a minimum of Php10,481 which is enough to sustain basic food and non-food such as clothing, fuel, electricity, health care, transportation, rental, education, and other household expenses. This figure is 10.9% higher than the poverty threshold for the first semester of 2015.

Poverty of Filipino families and Individuals

The Filipino families poverty incidence for the first semester of 2018 was recorded at 16.1 percent, whose income is below the poverty line of the total number of families in the country. This number is a slight improvement compared to the recorded 22.2 percent for the first semester of 2015.
The Filipino poverty incidence for individuals for the first semester of 2018 was recorded at 21.0 percent. During the same period, the poverty incidence was recorded at 27.6 percent for the first semester of 2015.

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Filipino families poverty incidence was recorded at 6.2 percent for the first semester of the year 2018. The proportion was called Filipino families whose incomes are below the food threshold. The poverty incidence was recorded at 9.9 percent for the first semester of 2015.


The Filipino individual poverty incidence was recorded at 8.5 percent for the first semester of 2018 and 13.0 percent for the first semester of 2015 which referred to Filipinos whose incomes are below the food poverty threshold.

The Philippine Statistics Authority also released other poverty-related statistics such as the severity of poverty, income gap, and poverty gap. The Severity of poverty is the total income shortfall of the families which income fall below the poverty threshold. Then the Income gap measures are the average income which required the poor Filipinos in order to get out on their poverty situation. And the poverty gap refers to the income shortfall of families which income below the poverty threshold. This poverty gap measure is divided into the number of families and the average income for poor families was short at 26.9 percent poverty threshold.

The Philippine Statistic Authority announced that poverty among families and individual was declined to 21 percent for the first semester of 2018 from 27.6 during the same period of 2015.

Source: Philippine Statistics Authority


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