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There is more than meets the eye if the pollsters accurately captured the actual situation in their recent survey about hunger and poverty showing both malaise as rising and engulfing the bulk of the population.
The Millennium Development Goal (MDG) where the Philippines is among its adherents has the eradication of poverty and hunger by 2015 as its primary target, which means that by that year, people earning less than $1 a day, which many accept as the norm in an international definition of poverty, would have been cut by half.
The recent survey conducted by the Social Weather Stations (SWS) indicated that instead of moving forward, efforts to eradicate poverty and hunger in the country are actually retrogressing despite the much-hyped conditional cash transfer (CCT) program that cost the budget P21.5 billion.
The Philippines has one of the highest incidences of poverty as a proportion of the population in Asia, even with the recently revamped government formula in defining who are considered poor..... MORE
Source: The Daily Tribune