Self-rated poverty falls to record low: survey

Kimberly Jane Tan, ABS-CBN News

Posted at Oct 13 2016 01:00 PM | Updated as of Oct 13 2016 03:25 PM

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A young student comes home from school to her home in the slum area in BASECO community in Manila. Jonathan Cellona ABS-CBN News

MANILA - The number of Filipinos who consider themselves as poor has fallen to record lows in September, according to a Social Weather Stations survey released Thursday.

Forty-two percent of 1,200 respondents polled said they consider their families as "poor" while another 30 percent said they were "poor" based on the food they eat, SWS said in a statement.

It was the first self-rated poverty survey under President Rodrigo Duterte, who took office in June with the promise to uplift the poor by spreading development to the countryside, increasing spending on agriculture and lowering income tax rates.

Roughly a quarter of the country's 100 million people are poor, according to the Philippine Statistics Authority. As of the first half of 2015, 26.3 percent of Filipinos live below the poverty line.