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Next to relatives, families get help from government SWS

by ES Subong

Iloilo City (4 November) -- Relatives are a blessing to many families, but they need government too.

The second quarter Social Weather Survey (SWS) indicated that for the fourth time since 2001, government was the second most common source of assistance received by families.

The survey showed that among families who had help, 43 percent were assisted by their relatives, 37 percent by government, 13 percent by private persons, 12 percent by friends, 8 percent by private companies, and 4 percent from private companies.

It has been found out that relatives were consistently the most common source of help in all areas and classes.

The data of families assisted in the Visayas, showed that 45 percent had help from relatives, 33 percent from private persons, 23 percent from government, 18 percent from friends, 5 percent from private companies and 2 percent from NGOs.

As to the sources of help, the SWS data in the June 2008 survey showed that families got more help from government on food, jobs, support and services.

It was found out that 45 percent of those who received food assistance received it from government, about half of the families received support of schooling from the government.

Further, the data showed that among those given jobs, 67 percent received it from government, 24 percent from relatives and 10 percent from friends.

Of the families who were given non-food commodities, 70 percent received them from government, 23 percent from relatives and 17 percent from friends, while 77 percent of families who had some type of service received it from government, 33 percent from relatives and 23 percent from NGOs.

According to the SWS, the questions on forms and sources of assistance were directed o the heads of the families. (PIA 6) [top]

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