Food poverty drops despite El Nino
Self-rated food poverty continued to drop during a one-year period under the Aquino administration, the March 30 to April 2 Social Weather Stations survey showed.
The survey, which had 1,500 respondents nationwide, revealed that the number of families who classify their food as “poor” dropped further to 31 percent, from 33 percent in December 2015 to 35 percent in September 2015.
The biggest drop in food poverty was recorded in the Visayas, from 50 percent in December to 33 percent in April.
This was followed by Mindanao, whose self-rated food poverty declined from 41 percent to 37 percent.
Mindanao was most hit by El Nino, and it was where hungry farmers protested twice to ask for rice aid and food relief.
Self-rated food poverty rose in Luzon, from 26 percent to 29 percent, and in Metro Manila from 21 percent to 22 percent.
The median self-rated food poverty threshold or budget for food for a family so as not to be considered poor rose in Mindanao from P8,000 to P10,000 a month.
It was unchanged in Metro Manila (P20,000), Luzon (P10,000) and the Visayas (P10.000).