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Palace welcomes SWS poll showing hunger drop


By Prince Golez

Malacanang hailed as “positive development” the latest Social Weather Stations survey showing fewer Filipino families experienced involuntary hunger.

“This positive development is consistent with the earlier survey result showing a decrease among Filipino families who consider themselves as ‘mahirap’,” spokesperson Salvador Panelo in a statement on Thursday.

The Fourth Quarter 2018 SWS survey found the incidence of hunger dropped from 13.3 percent in September 2018 to only 10.5 percent in December 2018.

“The Palace considers the improvement experienced by the survey participants in relation to their economic status as among the paramount reasons why (Duterte) continues to win the trust and approval of the Filipino people,” Panelo said.

He added that the government was “pleased” that the 2018 average hunger rate of 10.8 percent is the lowest annual average rate since 2003.

“The President’s sincere endeavors, whether in taming inflation or running the bureaucracy, have started to bear fruits,” according to him.

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