Fewer Filipino families went hungry in first quarter of 2019

Fewer Filipino families went hungry in first quarter of 2019

Still fresh from the good news coming from the World Bank that the country is on track in reducing poverty, here’s another good news to brighten up your day.

The recent Social Weather Station (SWS) survey revealed that fewer Filipinos families , including that of Metro Manila, experienced hunger in the 1st quarter of this year 2019.

The noncommissioned survey conducted from March 28 to 31 found 9.5 % of respondents, or about 2.3 million families, saying they experienced involuntary hunger at least once between January and March this year, down from the 10.5 % or 2.4 million families recorded in the last quarter of 2018.
Latest survey shows fewer Filipino families are hungry this 1st quarter of 2019 (photo credit to owner)

The survey was able to asked 1,440 adults if their families had experienced hunger and did not have anything to eat, and if they had experienced it “once,” “a few times,” “often,” or “always.”

Experiencing hunger “only once” or a “few times” is classified as moderate hunger, while experiencing hunger “often” or “always” is classified as severe hunger.

Nationwide results showed that, those who said they experienced “moderate hunger” decreased to 8.1 percent (2 million families) in March from 8.9% in December, while the number of those who experienced “severe hunger” declined to 1.3 percent (327,000 families) from 1.5%.

Quarterly hunger hardly moved in Luzon outside Metro Manila (10.3 percent or 1.1 million families from 9.7%) and in the Visayas (10% or 472,000 families from 9.2%).

Down south in Mindanao, quarterly hunger fell by 2.2 points in March to 6.1% or 345,000 families from 8.3%  in December.

The survey had a margin of error of plus-or-minus 2.6 percentage points for national percentage.

Malacanang is elated by the recent survey and said that it showed the public is already benefitting from Duterte’s antipoverty policies.

“Sincere efforts in addressing soaring prices and running a bureaucracy that efficiently delivers basic services … are beginning to bear fruits and [are] now being felt by our countrymen.” Presidential Spokesperson Atty. Salvador Panelo. 

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Report from PDI

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