Social Weather Stations (SWS) – Self-rated poverty down

Manila, Philippines – The latest survey by the Social Weather Stations (SWS) Fewer Filipino families consider themselves “mahirap” (poor) and “food-poor” in the past three months.

The SWS poll, taken from May 24 to 27, presented that 51 percent of the respondents or about 10.3 million households rated themselves poor, down by four points from 55 percent or around 11.1 million families in March.

Meanwhile, the same survey found that 39 of Filipinos (about 7.9 million families) said they are food-poor, lower by six points from 45 percent (9.1 million) formerly.

Self-rated poverty and food poverty slightly improved in all areas but it also noted that families had continued to tighten their belts said by the SWS.

In the newspaper BusinessWorld yesterday the SWS poll result were issued.

Self-rated poverty was down by seven points to 65 percent in Mindanao. In Metro Manila it also dropped by five points to 41 percent, In Visayas  dropped by four points to 57 percent and by two points to 43 percent in balance Luzon.

A five-point drop in self-rated poverty to 61 percent in rural areas, while urban areas experienced a two-point drop to 42 percent recorded also by the survey research institution.

Self-rated food poverty dropped by 11 points to 53 percent in Mindanao said by SWS.

In balance Luzon and Metro Manila smaller developments were recorded, six points to 32 percent and five points to 25 percent, respectively. The score was hardly changed at 46 percent from 47 percent in the Visayas.

Self-rated poverty thresholds – the monthly budgets poor households need for home expenses in order not to consider themselves poor in general – remained sluggish despite higher inflation said SWS.

The median poverty threshold for poor households rose to P15, 000 in Metro Manila and P10,000 in the Visayas and Mindanao but dropped to P9,000 in balance Luzon compared to the previous quarter.

Median food-poverty thresholds, meanwhile, Metro Manila increased to P7, 000 and P5, 000 in Mindanao and the Visayas, but dropped to P4, 500 in balance Luzon.

SWS said the self-rated poverty and self-rated food poverty thresholds as of May 2012 have already been surpassed in the past for all areas.

Face-to-face interviews of 1,200 adults nationwide and has sampling error margins of plus or minus three percentage points for national and plus or minus six percentage points for area percentages  used by the SWS survey .

Storm Signal No. 2 Remain Under 10 Luzon Areas

Tropical storm “Dindo” (international name: Doksuri) maintains its strength as it moves towards north Luzon, state weather bureau PAGASA said on Thursday. Storm signal number 2 remains hoisted over 10 areas in northern Luzon.

In its latest weather bulletin issued on Thursday morning, Dindo 260 kilometers (kms) east of Aparri, Cagayan last spotted by PAGASA.

The storm continued its strength, packing winds of 75 kilometers per hour (kph) near the center and gustiness of up 90 kph. It was moving west northwest at 19 kph.

Rainfall of 15 to 25 millimeter per hour (heavy to intense) within its 400 kms diameter  is estimated expected to dump.

Storm signal number 2 remains raised over the following areas:

•             Cagayan

•             Calayan Group of Islands

•             Babuyan Group of Islands

•             Isabela

•             Batanes Group of Islands

•             Apayao

•             Kalinga

•             Ilocos Norte

•             Abra

•             Mt. Province

Storm Signal 1 remains up in the following areas:

•             La Union

•             Ilocos Sur

•             Aurora

•             Ifugao

•             Nueva Vizcaya

•             Quirino

•             Benguet

PAGASA forecaster Gener Quitlong mainly advised residents of strong winds and flooding in Cagayan province, where the eye of the storm is predictable to hit between 12 p.m. and 2 p.m. today.

Calayan Group of Islands is the storm’s eye will also hit between 8 p.m. and 10 p.m.

Dindo will expect to be 190 kms north northwest of Aparri, Cagayan by Friday morning.

The storm enhances the southwest monsoon (habagat) rains are still expected over the rest of Luzon, Visayas and Mindanao as PAGASA also issued a gale warning over the seaboards of central and southern Luzon; and western seaboard of Visayas.

Sea conditions were irregular in these areas said by the weather bureau.

The seaboards of central Luzon will experience scattered rains that may produce waves 3.4 to 5.0 meters high it said.

They will experience irregular to frequent rains that may produce waves 3.4 to 4.5 meters high to the seaboards of southern Luzon; and western seaboard of Visayas.

List Of UN Endangered To Off The Philippines Rice Terraces

The UN office in Manila said last Wednesday the Philippines’ ancient rice terraces, carved into mountains like giant green stairs, have been removed from a UN list of endangered world heritage sites.

Philippine government’s request to rally local and international aid, and for better management of their preservation for the 2,000-year-old living cultural monuments were put on the World Heritage Committee’s danger list in 2000.

The UN information office said in a statement “Both actions were successfully undertaken, leading to the conservation of the remote high rice fields”.

It had extended $153,200 to aid Philippine efforts to save paddies it said were endangered by deforestation, disuse, climate change and earthquakes said by the UN Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO).

The terraces was located in the five towns in the northern Cordilleras, were entitled as a UNESCO world heritage site in 1995, mentioning the need to preserve the traditions of terrace-building peoples in Ifugao province.

UN-assisted conservation efforts should drive tourist traffic to the sites by up to 30 percent said by Jerry Dalipog, the mayor of Banaue town, where two of the five terraced fields are located.

He told AFP in a telephone interview that “Once the tourists are convinced that there are still terraces left to see, more of them will come and visit us”.

He also said that the Banaue is set to complete by year’s end a four-month project to repair amphitheater-shaped rice terraces in the village of Batad, one of the most famous sites that had been disfigured last year by a huge landslide.

Dalipog added about the repair works, estimated to cost 50 million pesos ($1.18 million), are being financed by the government and private donors.

“Expression of sacred traditions and a delicate social balance,” which have helped create “a landscape of great beauty that expresses the harmony between humankind and the environment UNESCO defines the terraces.”