Rommel C. Lontayao of the Manila Times has the results of the survey.
Compared to the previous quarter, the number of families who consider themselves as poor was lower by 7 percentage points at 52 percent, or around 9.4 million families.
“The new self-rated poverty is 7 points down from 59 percent [estimated 10.6 million] in [the] second quarter, and just 6 points above the previous low of 46 percent [estimated 8.1 million] in December 2007,” SWS reported.
Around 29 percent of the respondents put themselves on the “poverty borderline,” and 19 percent consider themselves as “not poor.”
The survey also showed that the decline in self-rated poverty was higher in rural areas.
“The one-quarter decline in self-rated poverty was steepest in Mindanao. It fell by 16 points, from 68 percent last June to 52 percent in September, returning to the level of December 2007,” SWS reported.
Self-rated poverty fell by 7 points in the Visayas, by 3 points in Metro Manila, and by 2 points in the balance Luzon, which includes all regions on the main island except the capital region.