Hunger Eases among Pinoys

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Some 500,000 less Filipino households experienced involuntary hunger in the past three months, bringing down the total number of families who experienced involuntary hunger to 3.2 million, the third quarter Social Weather Stations (SWS) survey results showed.The nationwide survey found that hunger among Filipinos eased to 17.5 percent, or an estimated 3.2 million families in the past three months, from 20.3 percent, or an estimated 3.7 million families in the June 2009 SWS survey.Although the number of Filipinos who experienced hunger in the past three months decreased, SWS said the latest hunger figure is still five points above the 11-year average of 12.9 percent.The survey conducted last Sept. 18 to 21 asked 1,800 respondents to answer a question that specified “hunger due to lack of anything to eat.”The SWS questions about household hunger are directed to the household head, using the phrase "experienced hunger, and did not have anything to eat” (nakaranas ng gutom at wala kayong makain).SWS said the 2.8-point decline in overall hunger between June 2009 and September 2009 resulted from a 1.5-point decline in moderate hunger, combined with a 1.3-point decline in severe hunger.Moderate hunger referred to those who experienced it “only once” or “a few times” in the last three months.SWS found that moderate hunger went from 16 percent, or an estimated 2.9 million families in June, to 14.5 percent, or an estimated 2.7 million families in September.The latest figure is five points above the 11-year average moderate hunger rate of 9.5 percent.SWS said the few who did not state their frequency of hunger were also placed in this category.Meanwhile, severe hunger, which referred to those who experienced it “often” or “always” in the last three months, went from 4. …