The number of Filipino families experiencing involuntary hunger dropped to single digit level in the second quarter of 2017, the lowest since March 2004, the latest Social Weather Stations survey revealed.
About 9.5 percent or an estimated 2.2 million families experienced hunger at least once in the second quarter of 2017, the June 23-26 poll showed.
The last time that involuntary hunger in the Philippines reached single digit level was in March 2004, with 7.4 percent saying they experienced hunger at least once during the first quarter of that year.
At least 3.1 million families missed one meal in the last quarter of 2016 while 2.7 million households experienced hunger in the first quarter of 2017, SWS said.
The latest SWS survey had 1,200 respondents who were interviewed between June 23-26. First published on BusinessWorld, the poll had sampling error margins of ±3 points for national percentages and ±6 points for regional ratings.
Presidential spokesperson Ernesto Abella attributed the decline in the number of hungry Filipino families to the "pro-poor and inclusive programs and projects" of the government.