Gatchalian says a family of 5 cannot survive on a P10,000 per month

Published June 6, 2018, 6:36 PM

by Roel Tibay

By Mario Casayuran

Sen. Sherwin T. Gatchalian, chairman of the Senate economic affairs committee, said on Wednesday a family of five cannot survive on a P10,000 per month.

Senator Sherwin Gatchalian (Facebook / MANILA BULLETIN)
Senator Sherwin Gatchalian
(MANILA BULLETIN)

Breaking the P120,000 down, Gatchalian said the monthly food budget of P3,834 amounts to only P8 per meal for each person.

‘’That’s not even enough to buy a pack of instant noodles. P806 per month for transportation amounts to only P8 per person per day. That’s not even enough for a one-way jeepney ride,’’ he pointed out.

Gatchalian said the P2,204 monthly budget for lodging and utilities would force a family of five to share a cramped small apartment or even a single room, without even the most basic household comforts.

‘’P10,000 simply isn’t enough. The government’s economic managers should use more realistic benchmarks,’’ he added.

 
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