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3.9 million Filipinos went hungry in first quarter of the year

Publication Date : 13-05-2014


Latest Social Weather Stations survey shows marked increase in self-rated poor


Some 3.9 million Filipino families went hungry in the first quarter of the year, with a marked increase noted among the self-rated poor, according to the latest Social Weather Stations (SWS) survey.

Overall hunger incidence in the last quarter stood at 17.8 per cent, marginally lower than the 18.1 per cent three months earlier.

The survey was conducted from March 27 to 30 and was first published in BusinessWorld.

SWS found that overall hunger among the self-rated poor went up to 27.5 per cent from 24.5 per cent, while it declined among families under the not food-poor/borderline category to 7.1 per cent from 10.3 per cent.

Overall hunger likewise increased among the self-rated “food-poor” to 30.8 per cent from 30.4 per cent, but slightly dropped among families under the not food-poor/borderline category to 9.6 per cent from 9.7 per cent.

The latest hunger survey follows the release by SWS last week of self-rated poverty figures from the previous quarter where 53 per cent (11.5 million Filipino families) said they were “poor,” a slight improvement from the 55 per cent (11.8 million families) in December last year.

In the recent survey, the SWS found 39 per cent (8.5 million families) rated themselves food-poor, down from 41 per cent (8.8 million families).

The SWS classified experiencing hunger “only once” or “a few times” as “moderate hunger,” while going hungry “often” or “always” as “severe hunger.”

Moderate hunger declined to 15 per cent (3.3 million families) from 15.4 per cent. Severe hunger, meanwhile, went up to 2.8 per cent (615,000 households) from 2.7 per cent.

Overall hunger incidence declined notably in Metro Manila (from 24.3 per cent to 12 per cent), the Visayas (from 17.5 per cent to 16.7 per cent) and Mindanao (from 19.7 per cent to 18 per cent), except in the rest of Luzon (from 15.7 per cent to 20 per cent).

Likewise, moderate hunger fell in Metro Manila (from 18.3 per cent to 9 per cent), the Visayas (14.3 per cent to 12.7 per cent) and Mindanao (17.3 per cent to 16.7 per cent) but went up in the rest of Luzon (14 per cent to 17 per cent).


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