Gov't intensifies war vs poverty: Palace

Posted at 05/07/2014 5:46 PM

MANILA - Malacañang on Wednesday assured that government continues to address poverty following a Social Weather Stations (SWS) survey that showed majority of Filipinos still consider themselves poor.

The SWS survey, which was conducted last March 27 to 30, showed that 11.5 million households or 53 percent of the respondents rate themselves as poor.

The figure is 2 percentage points lower compared to the last survey conducted December last year.

The SWS said self-rated poverty dropped by 9 points in Metro Manila to 37 percent, by 4 points to 64 percent in Visayas, and by 3 points to 56 percent in Mindanao.

"While we are encouraged by these results, government is determined to intensify efforts to implement reform measures and poverty reduction programs that will lead to the attainment of the goal of inclusive growth," Communications Secretary Sonny Coloma said.

Cha-cha

Meanwhile, Coloma said Palace is buoyed in its stand against Charter change by the recent Pulse Asia survey which showed most Filipinos are not aware of the Cha-cha resolution in Congress.

The survey, conducted last March 19 to 26, showed 61 percent of the 1,200 respondents have not heard, read or watched anything about the resolution to amend the economic provisions of the 1987 Constitution.

Of the 39 percent who are aware of the House resolution, only 17 percent agree that there should be charter change.

"The survey results seem to indicate that there is a low awareness level and that agreement on the need for charter change is still a minority view among the citizenry. The President remains firm in his stand that charter change is not a priority of this administration," Coloma said.