'3.1M Pinoy families experience hunger'
AT least 13.3 percent or an estimated 3.1 million families experienced involuntary hunger at least once in the past three months, according to Social Weather Stations (SWS).
Based on the survey conducted by SWS, hunger particularly increased in Metro Manila, Balance Luzon, and Mindanao in the third quarter of the year.
The SWS added that hunger rose among poor and non-poor.
This was higher by 3.9 percent compared to 9.4 percent in June 2018 where at least 2.2 million families said they experienced hunger.
This is the highest since the 15.9% in December 2017, according to SWS.
Of the total 13.3 percent who experienced hunger in September 2018, 10.6 percent or 2.5 million familes said they experienced moderate hunger and 2.8 percent or 643,000 families said they experienced severe hunger.
"Moderate hunger refers to those who experienced hunger only once o a few times in the last three months, while severe hunger refers to those who experienced it often or Always in the last three months," the SWS noted. - Inquirer
The survey was conducted from September 15-23, 2018 using face-toface interviews of 1,500 adults (18 years old and above) nationwide: 600 in Balance Luzon, and 300 each in Metro Manila, Visayas, and Mindanao.