Living Condition


  • In 2020, the poverty incidence rate in the Philippines was 16.7%, or around 17.6 million people.
  • The poverty incidence rate among families was higher at 21.1%.
  • The poverty incidence rate was highest in the Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao (42.3%) and lowest in the National Capital Region (2.8%).

Natural Disasters

  • The Philippines is one of the most disaster-prone countries in the world, with an average of 20 typhoons hitting the country every year.
  • From 2000 to 2019, the Philippines ranked as the fourth most disaster-prone country in the world, with a total of 304 natural disasters.
  • In 2020, the Philippines was hit by several typhoons, including Typhoon Goni, karding, which was the strongest typhoon to hit the country that year and caused significant damage and loss of life.


  • In 2020, the Philippines ranked 69th out of 107 countries in the Global Hunger Index.
  • Around 2.4 million children in the Philippines suffer from acute malnutrition.
  • The COVID-19 pandemic has exacerbated hunger in the country, with the number of Filipinos experiencing involuntary hunger increasing to 7.6 million in November 2020.


  • The number of homeless people in the Philippines is difficult to determine, but estimates range from 1.2 million to 4 million people.
  • Homelessness is particularly prevalent in urban areas, where informal settlements or “squatter areas” are common.
  • The lack of affordable housing and the displacement caused by natural disasters contribute to homelessness in the country.


  • In April 2021, the unemployment rate in the Philippines was 7.7%.
  • The underemployment rate, or the percentage of employed individuals who still want more work or longer working hours, was 16.2%.
  • The COVID-19 pandemic has significantly impacted employment in the country, with many businesses closing down or reducing their workforce.