Hunger Easing


MANILA, Philippines -- The number of Filipino families who claimed they experienced involuntary hunger the past three months decreased to three million households from a high of 4.1 million families the previous quarter, the latest Social Weather Stations (SWS) survey results showed.

With the decreasing hungry families, Malacanang vowed to pursue more efforts to further bring down hunger incidence in the country.

"We view these numbers as encouraging, reflecting, as they do, the perceptions and opinions of our countrymen at a particular period in time," Presidential Spokesman Edwin Lacierda said, noting that self-rated hunger is "just one way to measure the incidence of poverty in our society."

"This is a significant plunge from the self-rated hunger rates reported in previous periods," he said.

The nationwide survey conducted from June 3 to 6 with 1,200 respondents found that 15.1 percent or three million Filipino families experienced involuntary hunger in the last three months.

SWS said the latest figure is lower than the March 2011 survey with 20.5 percent of Filipino families or 4.1 million families who said they experienced hunger in the first quarter of 2011.

It noted that the latest hunger rate is the lowest since June 2007.

Overall hunger rate in the rest of Luzon also decreased from a record-high 25 percent or 2.2 million families in March to 9.7 percent or 845,000 families at present.

SWS pointed said this was the first time since December, 2004, when hunger rate was at single-digit level in the rest of Luzon.

Likewise, overall hunger in Metro Manila declined to 13 percent or 366,000 families from 20.

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