How Much do Filipinos Make and What Do They Do For a Living? [MANILA] | Street Interview

Published 2023-11-03
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We hit the streets of Manila to find out how much Filipinos living there make and what they do for a living.

0:00 - Intro
0:47 - Job & salary?
2:15 - How much do you need to live comfortably in Manila?
3:50 - Why is the income gap so high in the Philippines?
5:13 - Success possible for all backgrounds?
6:37 - Living costs in Manila
8:25 - How are you affected by the current inflation?
9:41 - Would you work abroad to earn more money?
10:27 - How can the income gap issue be solved?

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All Comments (21)
  • @AsianBoss
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  • @COOL896
    Man... i was just in the philippines last week, and i tipped 500php ($8-9USD) at a restaurant, and i couldnt stop hearing the thank you's. And i just shrugged and left not knowing it was a big impact... I wasnt really properly educated that i actually paid a day's worth of their earnings.
  • @nicojourney
    The lady who's a housekeeper reminds me of my mother. All her hope is that her kids are succesful while she works hard for them. Hope she gets her own house in the future.🤗
  • @BrownBatman6969
    The issue here is not the size of the population, but rather the government's inability to provide competitive employment opportunities. Filipinos are highly educated, proficient in working collaboratively, and often multilingual. The oversupply of job applicants and insufficient job offers is problematic because companies may reduce salaries while increasing requirements. Prior to obtaining my current position, I earned a Bachelor's degree, completed vocational training, underwent one year of language instruction in English and Spanish, and gained a total of seven years of work experience. It's disheartening to consider that my friends and relatives in Canada and the US, some of whom do not even hold degrees, earn ten times what I make due to the abundance of opportunities in those countries. Their salaries are sufficient to meet their needs.
  • @meryllamistoso
    notice the necessary monthly salary to live comfortably varies a lot among different people. it shows the income inequality and the great difference in the way they think.
  • I studied in a private school and I met the real wealthy people there. I grew up in an average Filipino household, I know I’ve been provided well ever since and I could see the huge difference between my life and those who are really less fortunate in the Philippines. But when I met this super rich people in the that school, I can’t wrap my mind around the thought that these people’s daily allowance is ten folds of a poor family’s monthly budget.
  • @Valir15
    This is why I left the Philippines at the age of 19. I worked in Singapore as a teacher and never looked back. I am living in the US now and have a comfortable life. I always thank my parents for urging me to leave the country as it allowed me to build assets and invest. I’d love to move back to the Philippines someday though. It is still after all, my home country.
  • @AHHHHHHH162
    In Philippines, it’s either you are born poor or born to a rich family
  • @bler43
    as a guy who works in the IT industry for more than 15 yrs i could say working in an IT field and IT outsourcing firms gives you a leg up among other industries.
  • @persiaberlin5574
    I graduated 8 years ago, was offered 8k/mo for my 1st job as a junior accountant for a mid sized hotel. Declined and chose a job at a BPO to cover my brother's tuition expenses. And after 3 years, worked online, now earning 6 digits. It's disheartening that salaries in the Philippines are too low, making it challenging to afford basic necessities.
  • Corruption and misallocation of resources - those two main factors affect why there is less opportunity in the Philippines. From Barangay level up to the national level, the resources are not being efficiently and effectively used. I grew up in a barangay where corruption is so prevalent that I have to walk to the flooded streets. It affected my efficiency as a student at that time.
  • @nymanson1118
    I went to Manila last month and I noticed a very strange thing, the prices in the Philippine supermarket are higher than in Thailand, Malaysia, and even higher than in China. If you follow this income, I don't understand how people live?
  • they should ask these questions to those living in the middle-to higher income class, especially the questions regarding how to solve it. it would be pretty interesting to see the duality
  • Very brave of this channel to confront this very complex issue. Thank you.
  • @chusongbyeol
    The "middle class" here in the Philippines shoulder so much of the tax burden and we get practically nothing out of the taxes we pay compared to the benefits in other countries. The money goes to corrupt officials who benefit even from the programs that are supposed to be for the marginalized and the poor.
  • @kzm-cb5mr
    That is because the system in the Philippines is designed to favor the rich, which are usually the landowners, the businessmen and the politicians. These people are all intertwined with each other, why would they change the system if it benefits them? Most poor Filipinos will remain poor even if they work hard, their interest is not the priority of the powerful. Isipin nyo, halos lahat ng bansa sa Asya, inabutan at naungusan na tayo. Kung tunay na seryoso ang pamahalaan na paunlarin ang Pilipinas, matagal nang nagbago ang sistema satin. Syempre tayo rin bilang karaniwang mamamayan may mga dapat rin baguhin sa sarili, dapat magkaroon tayo ng wastong asal, pananaw at kaisipan. Kung ultimo pati paligid di natin mapanatiling malinis, o kung mahilig pa rin manlamang ng kapwa kahit sa maliliit na bagay, o di kaya nagaaksaya ng oras sa mga walang kwentang showbiz at social media, at ayaw sa karunungan, wag nyo asahan na magiging maayos ang kalagayan natin dito.
  • @mjargon18
    As a Filipino, I know that this has been the situation for years but it's really saddening to see this coming directly from them. Low wage is also one of the reasons why Filipinos tend to go abroad (I'm an OFW myself) because it seems to be the only way to get out of this situation. Imagine working for 5 years as a professional but only got a 7k PHP (130 USD~) raise in total and that's already considered above average. After going abroad, my salary instantly multiplied by about 2.5 times. So I really relate to that girl in the video that said "if I could earn that much in my own country, why would I leave, right?" Also, from this video, you could see the disparity between the mindset of a professional earning more than the average compared to a minimum wage earner. You honestly can't blame them though because to them, as long as they survive for the day, that's already more than enough considering all the other problems that they still have to deal with.
  • @aaronalquiza9680
    One aspect that younger Filipinos really need to learn is family planning, financial planning and career planning (pretty much "life planning") during high school. It's true that the rich still has large control over most of the people in the Philippines (and EVERY country in the world), but you can get a comfortable life by planning and expecting worst case scenarios. I see often (and have relatives too) that young Filipinos get unplanned pregnancies before marriage, before graduating, before getting a good job. They really need to teach teens how to handle money properly. Not just an "Economics class", but real life learning. Another thing is the political literacy. Too many people's votes are being bought by the corrupt and voting is almost completely manipulated.
  • @hedwigc653
    There are almost 200,000 people working as domestic helpers in Hong Kong, and many of them are well-educated. I didn’t understand this before, but after this interview, I discovered that wages in Manila are so low. Blessings to the Philippines.🙏🙏
  • @imdark4975
    One of the reason why the salaries of common filipinos seems not enough for them is because of the bread winner culture where one member of the family like the eldest for example has to provide for the family, for his/her siblings, and for their parents. Another one is the retirement, some parents after their children graduated and found a job, they instantly retire even if they're still young, they start to depend on their children without saving for their retirement, they make their children as their investment. Because of this, the cycle of poverty or the cycle of being difficult in life continues because they cant save for themselves, cant save to buy a house, buy insurance etc. That's why most of the younger generation doesn't want to have babies anymore.