i read an interesting bit of news recently.
according to the philippine government, the minimum amount that a family of five should earn to stay out poverty in 2007 is... 10,000 pesos a month ($225).
for a family of five.
2,000 pesos a month each.
and you are not in poverty.
by the way, this is for a family living in the national capital region. the numbers are likely lower in mindanao.
how they do the numbers is beyond me. i'm no good at math, but i'm guessing these figures don't match reality.
good thing our president is an economist. she'll fix things. she's awesome at fixing things (see: elections, 2004)