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The poor don’t live by bread alone

SAD BUT true: no matter by how much the prices change of consumer items like water, electricity, LPG, transportation, clothing, house rent, school supplies, medicine, or any other basic item aside from food, there can be no corresponding changes in the official poverty line. This is due to the neglect of the National Statistical Coordination Board (NSCB), the official poverty-measurement agency, to do research on any individual non-food component as part of minimum basic needs. I call this a ‘bread-alone’ policy. In the case of Metro Manila, in particular, the NSCB has set the official food threshold for a family of five at P5,763 per month, based on food prices in 2009. The NSCB announced…

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