MANILA - More Filipinos experienced involuntary hunger in the third quarter of 2017, according to a survey by the Social Weather Stations released Wednesday.
The Sept. 23 to 27 poll showed that 11.8 percent or an estimated 2.7 million households missed a meal at least once in the past quarter.
The figure is 2.3 percentage points above the 9.5 percent or 2.2 million families logged in a similar poll conducted in the previous quarter of the year.
The survey showed that quarterly hunger rate rose in all areas except Mindanao, wherein it decreased by 1.8 points to 9.7 percent from 11.3 percent last quarter.
Metro Manila recorded a quarterly hunger rate of 11.7 percent, a 0.4 increase from 11.3 percent, while Balance Luzon registered a rate of 13.8 percent from 8.3 percent in June.
Visayas' quarterly hunger rate rose by 1 percentage point to 9.7 percent.
Meanwhile, ratings for "moderate hunger" and "severe hunger" increased by 1.8 and 0.5 percent, respectively, from the previous quarter, SWS said.
The pollster defined "moderate hunger" as experiencing hunger "only once" or "a few times" in the last 3 months, while "severe hunger" refers to experiencing it "often" or "always."
"The few who did not state their frequency of hunger were classified under moderate hunger," SWS said.
The latest SWS survey had 1,500 respondents who were interviewed between Sept. 23 to 27. It had sampling error margins of ±2.5% for national percentages, ±4% for Balance Luzon, and ±6% each for Metro Manila, Visayas, and Mindanao.