'No frills:' Family of 5 can live on ₱10,727, economic officials say

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Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, December 11) — Economic officials believe a family of five can survive on over P10,000 per month to pay for their basic needs.

Philippine Statistics Authority Assistant Secretary Rosalinda Bautista on Wednesday said P10,727 is the minimum amount that could get a family basic food and non-food items.

Officials presented a sample menu to feed a family of five for P7,500:

-For breakfast: Scrambled egg, steamed rice, coffee with milk

-For lunch: Boiled monggo with malunggay and dried dilis, steamed rice, and a banana

-For dinner: Fried tulingan, boiled kangkong, and steamed rice

-For snacks: Pandesal

They said the remaining budget will go to non-food items, such as clothing, fuel, light, water, rent, house repairs, medical care, education, transportation, and personal care.

"Basic needs are basic needs. No frills. No fancy items there. But it’s basic needs by definition," Socioeconomic Planning Secretary Ernesto Pernia said.

He explained families that earn less than the minimum income of 10,727 are those who live below the poverty threshold.

The government reported that 5.9 million Filipinos were no longer considered poor in 2018.

CNN Philippines senior correspondent Ina Andolong contributed to this report.