There have been many trends and challenges that have grown popular via social media. The Ice Bucket Challenge, the Floss Challenge, the Kuripot Pinoy Challenge and Tik Tok are a few that have gained popularity in the Philippines. Now, its the #NEDA10KChallenge that is rocking Twitterverse like a hurricane.
Most recently, the National Economic and Development Authority (NEDA) released a sample computation on how a Filipino family of five can survive on only P10,000 a month. With the skyrocketing rate of inflation affecting even the most basic of commodities, many Filipinos were outraged over the NEDA’s statement that a family that earns P10,000 cannot be classified as poor.
Based on the computation, the budget for food is only P3,834 per day which means the family needs to survive on P127 a day. Utility costs, based on the budget account for P744, while transportation takes up P806 daily. NEDA even included assumptions for alcoholic beverages and tobacco (P158) and actual rentals for housing (P1266).
Many netizens immediately took to social media to challenge the feasibility of the NEDA computation and in typical Pinoy fashion, reacted to the news with a mix of wit, sarcasm and humor. Thus began the #NEDA10KChallenge which immediately became a trending hashtag on Twitter.
PHP10,000 for a family of 5 means PHP66.67 a day per person! Ano, toh?! Biggest Loser PH?! Or Survivor Pilipinas?! #NEDA10KChallenge
— Eleau (@iamElmots) June 6, 2018
I hereby nominate all officials of @NEDAhq to take the #NEDA10kChallenge . Well, since you said it’s enough for a whole family to live on 10k/mo, prove it to us by doing it. Just do it for a month w/ your family.
— Le coup de soleil (@uti_possidetis) June 5, 2018
Everyone’s outraged at @NEDAhq #NEDA10kChallenge. But 21.9% of all Filipinos do live on P10k or less, have only P1.2k for housing. Where can you rent space, much less pay for a house, w/ that amount? Something to think about the next time we bash informal settlers for being lazy pic.twitter.com/1HN5E311cA
— ant♋n dulce fan account (@anton_dulce) June 6, 2018
“If the other four people die of starvation, kaya siguro.” #NEDA10kChallenge
— One Mapúa (@OneMapua) June 6, 2018
For breakfast – P49
Result: Failed pic.twitter.com/vbdiBDRZis
— arnold cesar romero (@notty_romero) June 7, 2018
Okay naman po talaga yung hypothetical monthly budget na binigay n’yo. Yun nga lang di ka na kakain.
— National Capital Religion (@gabrant001) June 6, 2018
— Pril del Rosario (@prildelrosario) June 7, 2018
Tips for Millennials to save money:
1) Don’t eat
2) Live in your car
3) Don’t drive anywhere, sell the car
4) Your only entertainment should be watching your own tears drip down your face into your bowl of ramen
5) Die as soon as possible if you get sick
— Toad Lady Not at E3🌹🥞🔥 (@nyhcmaven84) June 5, 2018
A family of 5 can actually survive (I said survive) at 10k… in the 90s. My salary in 1995 was 4500 + 1sack of rice and I lived a comfy life. Again, it was in the 90s, that’s 23 years ago.
— SID (@SidLumawig) June 7, 2018
dont you just love it when rich people construct budget plans for poor people
— sour (@pahtch) June 6, 2018
— Ⓜadee (@madee1004) June 7, 2018
NEDA has since reacted to the backlash and posted their official statement on the issue.
— NEDA (@NEDAhq) June 6, 2018