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Increased hunger amid coronavirus crisis saddens Palace

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By Prince Golez

Malacañang said it was “saddened” by the latest Social Weather Stations survey showing that 4.2 million families experience involuntary hunger during the period of community quarantine.

The May 4 to 10 poll revealed that 16.7 percent of Filipinos nationwide went hungry in the past three months due to lack of food to eat.

“Talagang nakakalungkot iyan kaya nga po lahat po ay ginagawa natin para magbigay ng ayuda sa ating mga mamaya,” Presidential Spokesperson Harry Roque said in an interview on Unang Hirit Friday.

“Nais sana nating maiwasan iyong ganyang malungkot na balita, pero talaga pong kapag sarado ang ekonomiya ay marami talagang nahihirapan at naiintindihan po iyan ng ating Pangulo,” added Roque.

The Palace official also appealed for public compliance with quarantine procedures so that more businesses and industries will be allowed to open.

“Kaya nga po sana magtulungan na tayong lahat para po lalo pa nating mabuksan ang ating ekonomiya nang sa ganoon ay mabawasang muli ang mga nagugutom sa ating bayan,” according to him.

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