Duterte admin to step up efforts to address poverty: Nograles

MANILA -- Cabinet Secretary Karlo Nograles on Tuesday said the administration of President Rodrigo Duterte would continue to step up efforts to address hunger and poverty in the country even as he welcomed new data that shows that self-rated poverty and food poverty have fallen in the third quarter of 2019.

In a Social Weather Stations (SWS) survey released Monday, the percentage of families that categorized themselves as “poor” fell to 42% in September 2019, from 45% in June 2019. The 42% self-rated poverty rate is also six percentage points lower than the four-quarter average in 2018.


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