MANILA - Malacañang said Sunday it hopes the poor will soon also benefit from the country's economic gains, after a survey showed that more families considered themselves poverty stricken.
The Social Weather Stations (SWS) on Saturday said 47 percent of families, or about 10.9 million Filipinos, considered themselves poor as of September. This was 3 points above the 44 percent or estimated 10.1 million Filipinos who said they were poor in June.
"We hope that the gains of, unprecedented economic gain natin, will soon be translated to more economic gains for the poor," Presidential Spokesperson Harry Roque said in a statement.
He said the government is concerned over the rise of self-rated poverty, but noted that this was still lower than the ratings under the previous administration.