Hunger incidence up 21% – SWS

MANILA, Philippines – Filipino families that have experienced hunger rose to 21 percent or about 4.3 million in the past three months, a recent survey by the Social Weather Stations (SWS) showed.
The SWS poll, conducted from Aug. 24 to 27, found 21 percent of 1,200 respondents saying they experienced having nothing to eat in the last three months – up from 18.4 percent in May.
The SWS, however, reported earlier that the number of families that considered themselves “mahirap” or poor dropped from 51 percent in May to 47 percent in August.
“The reason why hunger rose at the same time that poverty fell … is because of an increase in the hunger rate among the poor, as well as among the non-poor,” the pollster said.
“At any one point in time, hunger is always greater among the poor, but from one point to another, the hunger rates among the poor and non-poor can change markedly,” it said.
SWS explained that the overall rise in hunger was due to an increase in moderate hunger.
Moderate hunger, which refers to those experiencing having nothing to eat only once or a few times, rose to 18 percent (3.7 million families) from 13.7 percent previously.
Severe hunger, those experiencing it often or always, fell to three percent (611,000 families) from 4.8 percent three months ago.
The new moderate hunger rate is higher than the 14-year average of 11 percent, while the severe hunger rate is lower than the same period’s 3.5 percent average, the SWS noted.
Overall hunger is well above the 14-year average of 14.4 percent, but is still a few points off the record 23.8 percent in March this year, it added.
The survey showed that overall hunger rose the sharpest in Metro Manila, by 10 points to 26 percent or an estimated 738,000 families.
It also increased by two points in Mindanao to 30.3 percent or 1.5 million families and in balance Luzon (16 percent, 1.4 million families).
The rate was steady in the Visayas at 17.3 percent or 670,000 families.
Moderate hunger went up by almost eight points to 20.3 percent in Metro Manila, by over five points to 14 percent in balance Luzon, almost four points to 26 percent in Mindanao, and was barely changed at 15.7 percent (from 15 percent) in the Visayas.
Severe hunger, meanwhile, dropped in all areas except in Metro Manila, where it rose by over two points to 5.7 percent.
It dropped by almost four points to two percent in balance of Luzon, by almost two points to 4.3 percent in Mindanao and dipped to 1.7 percent from 2.4 percent in the Visayas.

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