A recent survey of the Social Weather Stations (SWS) shows that at least 4.2 million Filipino families experienced involuntary hunger over the past three months as the hunger rate in the Philippines increased.
The SWS said results of the poll conducted from April 28 to May 2 showed that 16.8% of Filipino families experienced hunger due to lack of food to eat at least once in the past three months.
The data from the May 2021 survey showed that the Hunger rate is 0.8 points above the 16.0% (estimated 4.0 million families) in November 2020.
“It is 4.3 points below the 2020 annual average of 21.1% but is still double the December 2019 pre-pandemic level of 8.8% (est. 2.1 million families),” the survey said.
The incidence of Hunger was highest in Mindanao at 20.7% (est. 1.2 million families), followed by the Visayas at 16.3% (est. 776,000 families), Balance Luzon at 15.7% (est. 1.8 million families), and Metro Manila in 14.7% (est. 496,000 families).
The survey said that out of the 16.8% Hunger rate in May, an estimated 3.6 million families or 14.1% experienced Moderate Hunger, while around 674,000 families or 2.7% experienced Severe Hunger in the past three months.
“Moderate Hunger refers to those who experienced hunger “Only Once” or “A Few Times” in the last three months. Meanwhile, Severe Hunger refers to those who experienced it “Often” or “Always” in the last three months,” the SWS said.
In contrast, Moderate Hunger was 12.6% (est. 3.1 million families), and Severe Hunger was 3.4% (est. 838,000 families) in November last year.
According to the SWS, the First Quarter 2021 survey was conducted from April 28 to May 2, 2021, using face-to-face interviews of 1,200 adults (18 years old and above) nationwide: 300 each in Metro Manila, Balance Luzon, the Visayas, and Mindanao.
Its sampling margin of error in national coverage is at ±3%, and ±6% for Balance Luzon, Metro Manila, the Visayas, and Mindanao.
The area estimates were weighted by the Philippine Statistics Authority medium-population projections for 2021 to obtain the national estimates, the survey firm said.
It added that the survey items were non-commissioned and were included on the SWS’s initiative as part of its public service. —/mbmf