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Population, Social Issues

rural families, squatters, basic essentials, poverty line, business executives

Significant economic divisions exist in the Philippines. About 37 percent of the population lived below the poverty line in 1997. The wealthiest 10 percent of families earn more than twice as much as the poorest 40 percent. The wealthy upper class, which includes landowners and business executives, enjoys a high standard of living. Some wealthy people live in large homes in guarded subdivisions. Meanwhile, many rural families cannot afford to provide basic essentials such as clothing and medicine for their children. Income in urban areas is generally higher than in rural areas, drawing a constant flow of migrants to the cities. Some migrants live as squatters, dwelling in crowded slum areas in makeshift housing that lacks running water, sewerage systems, and electricity. They tend to work as vendors, street hawkers, and unskilled laborers.



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rural families, squatters, basic essentials, poverty line, business executives, wealthy people, large homes, landowners, rural areas, urban areas, Philippines, Income, population, clothing, electricity, cities, water, vendors, medicine

 
 

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