A PIDS study that simulated the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic noted that if the government did not implement an emergency subsidy program, an additional 1.44 million families or 7.53 million individuals will become poor as a result of the pandemic. The implementation of the Social Amelioration Program (SAP) reduces the number of Filipinos who will become poor to about 410,000 families or 2.82 million individuals. Given the projected economic performance for 2020, poverty is projected to still increase despite the implementation of the SAP.

Know more about the study titled “Mitigating the Impact of COVID-19 Pandemic on Poverty” here: https://www.pids.gov.ph/publications/7184.

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