The average income in Payatas and Macabud falls well below the poverty rate. The pandemic has had a profound impact on poverty in the Philippines. In 2021, there were almost 4 million more poor people, bringing the total to nearly 24 percent of the population. The unemployment rate is at 6.6%, and underemployed rate is at 14.7%. Note that these numbers do not take into account the number of people who have stopped looking for work. In addition, the cost of living has risen, and a family of five now requires $230 to meet their basic food and non-food needs.