More Filipinos experienced hunger in Q3 — SWS

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The latest Social Weather Stations survey estimates around 3.1 million Filipino families got involuntarily hungry in the past three months.

Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, October 13) — More Filipinos have experienced involuntary hunger in the third quarter of the year, the latest Social Weather Stations' poll revealed Friday.

The pollster reported 13.3 percent of its respondents, equivalent to an estimated 3.1 million Filipino families, involuntarily suffered from lacking food to eat from July to September 2018. Inflation continued to rise in those months, hitting its nine-year peak in September at 6.7 percent.

The survey result is 3.9 points higher than the 9.4 percent rating it posted in June 2018, equivalent to 2.2 million families. This is also the highest since the 15.7 percent recorded last December.

SWS said the 13.3 percent is made of 10.6 percent who experienced moderate hunger or hunger  "only once" or "a few times" in the last three months, while 2.8 percent experienced severe hunger which happens "often" or "always" in the said period.

Moderate hunger increased by 2.5 points since June 2018, while severe hunger increased by 1.5 points.

The few who did not state their frequency of hunger were considered to have experienced "moderate hunger," SWS said.

Hunger in Metro Manila was at 17.3 percent, estimated to be more than 540,000 families. Mindanao has the highest hunger rate at 18.3 percent, or around 975,000 families.

The survey was conducted from September 15 to 23, 2018 using face-to-face interviews of 1,500 adult Filipinos.