Economic Officials Says Family Of 5 Can Subsist On P10,727 Monthly Budget

Economic Officials Says A Family Of 5 Can Subsist On A P10,727 Monthly 'No-Frills' Budget

But is it really enough?
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According to government officials, staples such as scrambled eggs, boiled monggo, and boiled rice are among the food items that a Filipino family of five can subsist on a monthly budget of over P10,000.

On December 11, Philippine Statistics Authority (PSA) Secretary Rosalinda Bautista said that the minimum amount that allows a family basic food and non-food items is at P10,727, Inquirer.net reported.

The PSA presented a sample menu that can feed a family of five with a monthly food budget of P7,528 which includes:

Breakfast: Scrambled eggs, steamed rice, and 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

Secretary Bautista added that bread or root crops can suffice as snacks.

The PSA said that the remaining budget will go to non-food items like clothing, fuel, electricity, water, rent, house repairs, medical care, education, transportation, and personal care.

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Socioeconomic Planning Secretary Ernesto Pernia said, “That is known as basic needs, so no-frills. No fancy items there… I’m sure many families are subsisting with that kind of budget.”

Recently, the PSA said on December 6 that more Filipinos have been lifted out of poverty in 2018 as they reported a decline in the number of poor families. The PSA said that poverty incidence declined to 16.6 percent from 23.3 percent in 2015, CNN Philippines reported.

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