2014 hunger rate average the lowest in 7 years
MANILA – The number of Filipino families who experienced involuntary hunger declined last quarter, according to a recent survey by the Social Weather Stations (SWS).
The fourth quarter survey, conducted from November 27 to December 1, 2014, showed that an estimated 3.8 million families or 17.2 percent of respondents said they experienced involuntary hunger at least once in the past three months.
The figure was lower than the estimated 4.8 million families or 22 percent recorded in September.
Last year’s average hunger rate of 18.3 percent was the lowest annual result since the 17.9 percent recorded in 2007, but only 1.2 points down from the 19.5 percent in 2013.
SWS described "hunger," as a basis for the survey, as involuntary suffering linked to the lack of food to eat.
Metro Manila and “Balance Luzon” showed the biggest improvement in the recent survey, with hunger dropping in Metro Manila to 14.7 percent or an estimated 438,000 families) in December from the 22 percent or an estimated 654,000 families in September.
Last year’s average in Metro Manila declined 7.5 percent to 16 percent from the 2013 average of 23.5 percent.
The figure was lowest recorded since the 16 percent hunger rate in 2006.
In Balance Luzon, hunger declined to 18.3 percent or an estimated 1.8 million families from the 24.3 percent or an estimated 2.4 million families in the third quarter.
Last year’s average in the area, however, increased by a point to 19.3 percent compared to 2013 average.
Hunger in the Visayas and Mindanao also declined in the recent survey, but the improvements didn’t make a significant impact to the full-year averages.
The survey was conducted among 1,800 adults across the country, with survey questions directed at household heads.