MANILA - More Filipinos experienced involuntary hunger in the third quarter of 2018, according to a survey by the Social Weather Stations (SWS) released Friday.
The survey showed that 13.3 percent or an estimated 3.1 million families missed a meal at least once in the past quarter.
The figure is 3.9 percentage points above the 9.4 percent or 2.2 million families logged in a similar poll in the second quarter of the year.
It is the highest recorded since 15.9 percent in December 2017, SWS said.
The survey showed that quarterly hunger rate rose in all areas except in the Visayas, wherein it decreased by 3.3 points to 6 percent from 9.3 percent last quarter.
Metro Manila recorded a quarterly hunger rate of 17.3 percent, a 4.3 increase from 13 percent, while Balance Luzon registered a rate of 12.7 percent from 7.3 percent in June.
Mindanao's quarterly hunger rate rose by 7 percentage points to 18.3 percent.
Meanwhile, ratings for "moderate hunger" and "severe hunger" increased by 2.5 and 1.5 points, 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.
Hunger rose among the self-rated poor and the self-rated non-poor to 18.5 percent from 12.6 percent and 7.6 percent from 6.5 percent, respectively.
The latest SWS survey had 1,500 respondents who were interviewed between Sept. 15 to 23. It had sampling error margins of ±3% for national percentages.