More Filipinos ex­pe­ri­enced hunger in third quar­ter of year: sur­vey

Gulf Times - - PHILIPPINES - By Cather­ine S Va­lente

The num­ber of Filipino fam­i­lies ex­pe­ri­enc­ing in­vol­un­tary hunger in­creased in the third quar­ter of 2018, ac­cord­ing to the lat­est So­cial Weather Sta­tions (SWS) sur­vey.

The poll from Septem­ber 15 to 23 among 1,500 Filipino adults na­tion­wide found that 13.3% or around 3.1mn fam­i­lies ex­pe­ri­enced in­vol­un­tary hunger at least once in the past three months, up by 3.9% points from the 9.4% or around 2.2mn fam­i­lies in June 2018.

The poll­ster noted that the Septem­ber read­ing was the high­est since the 15.9% in De­cem­ber 2017.

The 13.3% quar­terly hunger was com­posed of 10.6% (around 2.5mn fam­i­lies) who ex­pe­ri­enced “mod­er­ate hunger” and 2.8% (about 643,000 fam­i­lies) who ex­pe­ri­enced “se­vere hunger.”

Mod­er­ate hunger refers to those who ex­pe­ri­enced it “only once” or “a few times” in the last three months, while se­vere hunger per­tains to those who ex­pe­ri­enced it “of­ten” or “al­ways” in the last three months.

The few who did not state their fre­quency of hunger were clas­si­fied un­der mod­er­ate hunger, the poll­ster said.

SWS said mod­er­ate hunger fell by 2.5 points, from 8.1% in June to 10.6% in Septem­ber.

This was the high­est since the 12.2% in De­cem­ber 2017.

Se­vere hunger in­creased by 1.5 points, from 1.3% in June to 2.8% in Septem­ber.

This was the high­est since the 3.7% in De­cem­ber 2017.

Hunger rose by 4.3 points in Metro Manila, from 13.0% (412,000 fam­i­lies) in June 2018 to 17.3% in Septem­ber 2018.

It also in­creased by 5.4 points in Bal­ance Lu­zon, from 7.3% (758,000 fam­i­lies) in June to 12.7% in Septem­ber.

Quar­terly hunger, mean­while, fell by 3.3 points in the Visayas, from 9.3% (419,000 fam­i­lies) in June to 6.0% in Septem­ber.

It, how­ever, rose by 7.0 points in Min­danao, from 11.3% (604,000 fam­i­lies) in June to 18.3% in Septem­ber.

SWS noted that the 3.9-point in­crease in the quar­terly hunger was due to “in­creases in the in­ci­dence of hunger among the sel­f­rated poor and the self-rated non-poor.”

From June to Septem­ber, quar­terly hunger rose by 5.9 points among the self-rated poor, from 12.6% in June to 18.5% in Septem­ber.This has been the high­est since De­cem­ber 2017.

It also in­creased by 1.1 points among the non-poor (Not Poor plus Bor­der­line) over the same pe­riod, go­ing from 6.5% to 7.6%. This was the high­est since De­cem­ber 2017.

Hunger also in­creased among the self-rated food poor, ris­ing by 7.5 points from 14.8% in June to 22.3% in Septem­ber.

It also in­creased by 1.5 points among the Not Food-Poor/ Food-Bor­der­line, from 6.7% to 8.2%.

“At any one point in time, quar­terly hunger among the self-rated food-Poor is al­ways greater than Hunger among the self-rated poor,” SWS said.

The third quar­ter poll, con­ducted us­ing face-to-face in­ter­views, had sam­pling er­ror mar­gins of + or – 3% for na­tional per­cent­ages, + or – 4% for Bal­ance Lu­zon, and + or – 6% each for Metro Manila, Visayas, and Min­danao.

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