The Philippine Statistics Authority (PSA) set the poverty threshold at ₱10,727 per month on average late last year. This means that a family of 5 would only need a monthly income of ₱10,727 to survive. Philippine Statistics Authority Assistant Secretary Rosalinda Bautista explained on Wednesday, December 11 how this might be broken down.
Bautista said that P10,727 would be the minimum amount to get a family basic food and non-food items. Food costs should be budgeted to ₱7,528 per month while non-food items, such as clothing, fuel, light, water, rent, house repairs, medical care, education, transportation, and personal care would only need the remaining ₱3,199.
A sample menu for the ₱7,528 budget was suggested:
- Breakfast: Scrambled egg, steamed rice, coffee with milk
- Lunch: Boiled monggo with malunggay and dried dilis, steamed rice, and a banana
- Dinner: Fried tulingan, boiled kangkong, and steamed rice
- Snacks: Pandesal
“Basic needs are basic needs. No frills. No fancy items there. But it’s basic needs by definition,” Socioeconomic Planning Secretary Ernesto Pernia said.
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