MANILA - Fewer Filipinos experienced hunger in the first quarter of 2019, a Social Weather Stations (SWS) poll revealed Wednesday.
The March 28 to 31 survey found 9.5 percent or an estimated 2.3 million households missed meals between January and March.
The figure is 1 points lower than the 10.5 percent or 2.4 million families logged in a similar poll in the last quarter of 2018.
The SWS survey showed lesser families experienced hunger in Metro Manila, where it fell to 11.7 percent or 387,000 families in March from 18.3 percent or 581,000 families in December
Hunger also went down in the Mindanao region to 6.1 percent or 345,000 families from 8.3 percent or 443,000 families in the December 2018 survey.
However, it rose by 0.6 points in Balance Luzon at 10.3 percent or 1.1 million families and by 0.8 points in the Visayas at 10 percent or 472,000 families.
SWS said marks for "moderate hunger" and "severe hunger" decreased by 0.8 points and 0.2 points, respectively, from the previous quarter.
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 March 2019 poll had 1,440 respondents. It has a margin of error of ±2.6 percent for national figures.