PH records lowest hunger incidence in 23 years
According to the latest poll conducted by Social Weather Stations (SWS), hunger levels in the Philippines has reached its lowest point since March of 2014.
The June 23 to 26 survey found that only 9.5 percent or an estimated 2.2 million families experience “involuntary” hunger at least once in the past three months.
The total hunger rate recorded in June was 2.4 percentage points down from the 11.9 percent or an estimated 2.7 million families recording in March and 5.7 percent lower than the 15.2 percent or 3.4 million families recorded on June of last year.
This is the lowest recorded score in the last 13 years when the March 2004 recorded the lowest hunger rating of 7.4 percent.
SWS said the single-digit hunger rate in the second quarter of 2017 is the total of those who experienced “moderate” hunger or lacking food to eat “only once” or “a few times,” and those who experienced “severe” hunger or who had nothing to eat “often” or “always.”
“The few who did not state their frequency of hunger were classified under ‘moderate’ hunger,” it said.