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PH hunger rate drops to 9.5% in Q1 2019

Hunger incidence among Filipino families dropped to 9.5% in the first quarter of 2019 from 10.5% in December 2018, according to the Social Weather Stations (SWS) survey. About 2.3 million Pinoy families experienced involuntary hunger at least once in three months. 

The 9.5% drop includes 6.6 points decrease in Metro Manila, 0.6 points in L:Luzon, 0.8 points in the Visayas and 2.2 points in Mindanao. It also covers 2 million families who experienced Moderate hunger and 327,000 families who suffered Severe Hunger.

The shrinkage in hunger incidence in Metro Manila is the first in four consecutive quarters. Metro Manila’s severe hunger dropped by 1.4 points and Moderate Hunger went down by 5.3 points. Severe Hunger in other areas was recorded as follows: Luzon up by 0.3 points, the Visayas remains at 0.8% and Mindanao lower at 0.5 points.

Based on the survey, Moderate Hunger is defined as experiencing hunger only once or a few times while Severe Hunger refers to experiencing it always or often for the last three months.

The survey question on Hunger is: “Nitong nakaraang tatlong buwan, nangyari po ba kahit minsan na ang inyong pamilya ay nakaranas ng gutom at wala kayong makain? (OO, HINDI)” [“In the last 3 months, did it happen even once that your family experienced hunger and not have anything to eat? (YES, NO)”].

Those who experienced Hunger were also asked: “Nangyari po ba ‘yan ng MINSAN LAMANG, MGA ILANG BESES, MADALAS, o PALAGI?” “Did it happen ONLY ONCE, A FEW TIMES, OFTEN, or ALWAYS?”.

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