Hunger incidence in Philippines lowest in 15 years - SWS

Hunger incidence in Philippines lowest in 15 years - SWS

This one is another feather on the cap of the Duterte administration.

This is definitely will go down in the record books, Hunger level in the country has reached its lowest post since 2003, the Social weather Stations (SWS) revealed in its latest survey.

1,440 Filipinos were interviewed, using sampling error margins of ±2.6 percentage points for national percentages, and ±5 percentage points each for Balance Luzon, Metro Manila, Visayas, and Mindanao. 

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In its December 16 to 18 ,2018 poll, the SWS  shows that the number of Filipinos who experienced "involuntary" hunger in the past three (3) months was down to 10.5 percent or an estimated 2.4 million families from September 2018's 13.3 percent or an estimated 3.1 million families. 

Of the 2.4 million families, around 8.9 percent or estimated 2.1 million families experienced "moderate" hunger, while the remaining 1.5 percent or estimated 354,000 families had to endure "severe" hunger.

SWS noted that moderate hunger decreased by 1.7 percentage points, from 10.6 percent in September to 8.9 percent.

Severe hunger also declined to 1.5 percent, down by 1.3 percentage points from September's 2.8 percent.

Moderate and severe hunger levels were at its lowest since June's 8.1 percent and 1.3 percent, respectively.

The 2.8 percentage point decrease in the quarterly hunger rate was due to decreases in the incidence of hunger from both poor and non-poor families.

Hunger level among non-poor families also decreased in the September to December 2018 period, from 7.6 percent to 6.1 percent.

Hunger was down by 10 percentage points in Mindanao (8.3 percent or estimated 443,000 families from September's 18.3 percent or estimated 975,000 families), and three percentage points in Balance Luzon (9.7 percent or one million families from September's 12.7 percent or 1.3 million families).

The same survey, however, noted that hunger incidence rose by three percentage points in the  Visayas (9.2 percent or estimated 411,000 families from September's six percent or estimated 269,000 families), and by one percentage point in Metro Manila (18.3 percent or estimated 581,000 families from September's 17.3 percent or estimated 549,000 families).

The total hunger rate for the entire 2018 was at 10.8 percent, 1.5 percentage points below 2017's 12.3 percent and the lowest annual hunger score since 2003's seven percent.

Presidential spokesperson and concurrent Presidential Legal adviser said that Malacanang was pleased that the hunger incidence last year was “the lowest figure recorded in 15 years.”

"The President’s sincere endeavors, whether in taming inflation or running the bureaucracy, have started to bear fruits," Atty. Panelo said.

"The best is yet to come, as the Chief Executive continues to work double time in the remainder of his term to uplift more Filipino families out of poverty and hunger, towards a more comfortable and prosperous life for all," Panelo added.

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