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Here Are Some of the Cool Things P1,000 Can Buy (Rights Not Included)

Hey, big spender.
ILLUSTRATOR Jasrelle Serrano
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According to the Philippine Statistics Authority, in 2015, the average annual income of a Filipino family was P267,000. That's P22,500 a month. For that same year, the National Economic and Development Authority (NEDA) surveyed that for a family of four to live "a simple and comfortable life," they needed a gross monthly income of P120,000. 

Now how do you expect an agency like the Commission on Human Rights to function for a year on P1,000? In case the 119 congressmen who voted for this rather tight budget don't get it, the people of Reddit are putting things in perspective. Here are some of the things they've bought for around P1,000 (or less than US$20 at prevailing currency exchange rates):

This is P1,000.


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A KFC Bucket of 15 (P925) + five orders of large gravy (P75)

A Squatty Potty (P1,499) That's a year and a half of human-rights protection right there.

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Four movie theater tickets (average, P250 each–without popcorn)

One bottle of avocado oil (US$15.67) "So you're telling me the [CHR] can still buy a bottle of avocado oil and remain below budget? Well, that ain't so bad."


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A Marilyn Monroe dog costume (P916, without shipping)


A pretty dress


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A Coca-Cola-themed hotdog toaster (P1,068, without shipping)


Haribo Variety Pack (P956.41)


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A two-month PornHub subscription. Sure, let's pretend you didn't know that.

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