MORE FILIPINOS HAVE TROUBLE PAYING FOR MEDS, WATER, POWER BILLS

Filipinos are increasingly having trouble paying for their basic expenses, especially for medicines and medical treatment, and for their water and power bills, according to the results of the latest IBON survey.

Respondents of the IBON July 2007 Survey said that, during the past three months, they had difficulty meeting the following expenses: electricity and/or water (72.45%); medicines and/or medical treatment (71.24%); children’s schooling (67.74%); food (67%); and transportation (65.32%).

These responses were substantially higher than those gathered in the same period last year, when 64% of respondents said they had trouble paying for their water and/or electricity; 62.47% said they had trouble meeting medicines and/or medical treatment; 66.7% said they did not have enough to buy food; 63.69% had trouble paying for their children’s schooling and 59.65% had trouble meeting transportation costs.

IBON’s July 2007 survey was conducted nationwide from July 2 to 13 with 1,488 respondents to find out the people’s perception of the economy, their income and livelihood, government performance, and other pressing issues. The latest survey has a margin of error of plus or minus three percent. (end)

Below is the tabulation of the results of the respondents’ perception on meeting their basic expenses.

In the past three months, has your family had difficulty meeting the following expenses?

July 2006 July 2007

Frequency Percentage Frequency Percentage

Food 992 66.71 997 67.00

Children’s Schooling 947 63.69 1,008 67.74

Transportation 887 59.65 972 65.32

Water and/or Electricity 952 64.02 1,078 72.45

Medicines/Medical Treatment 929 62.47 1,060 71.24

For the full results of the IBON July 2007 Survey, please e-mail us at media@ibon.org or contact us at tel. 927-6986. The results will also be available online at www.ibon.org starting July 28.

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