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Something to chew on: SWS survey shows 3.4M Filipino families suffered from hunger in 2nd quarter 2016

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This could be something to chew on for the Duterte administration: 3.4 million Filipino families experienced hunger in the second quarter of 2016 for a hunger rate of 15.2 percent, according to a survey by Social Weather Stations.

SWS’ survey involving face-to-face interviews with 1,200 adults nationwide from June 24 to 27 showed this was more than the 3.1 million (13.7 percent) in April.

It said some 446,000 families (2 percent) said they suffered from “severe hunger” or felt hunger “often” or “always” in the last three months.

Another three million families or 13.2 percent said they experienced “moderate hunger,” or involuntary hunger “only once” or “a few times” in the past three months.

SWS said “Moderate hunger” rose 1.6 percentage points from April’s 11.6 percent, while “severe hunger” barely moved from 2.1 percent.

* Geographical areas

The survey showed hunger eased in Mindanao to 13.3 percent (about 687,000 families) from 19.0 percent (about 978,000 families) in April.

But hunger worsened elsewhere, including:

– 15.7 percent (681,000 families) from 10.3 percent (449,000 families) in the Visayas, the worst since 16.4 percent in December 2014
– 15.3 percent (1.5 million families) from 12.3 percent (1.2 million families) in Balance Luzon, worst since 18.3 percent in December 2014
– 17.0 percent (521,000 families) in Metro Manila from 14.0 percent (429,000 families), worst since 18.3 percent in September 2015

Results of the survey were posted on SWS’ media partner BusinessWorld Friday.

The survey had sampling error margins of ±3 points for national percentages as well as ±6 points each for Metro Manila, Balance Luzon, Visayas and Mindanao.