RP gains said to translate to rise in number of poor people

MORE people slipped below the poverty line this year, making it almost impossible for the country to attain the Millennium Development Goal of reducing poverty by half by 2015, economists claimed.

“Rough estimates would show that the number of poor Filipinos likely increased to 35 percent this year,” said Cielito Habito, economics professor at the Ateneo de Manila University and former head of the National Economic and Development Authority.

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