Hunger is on the rise, with 15.7 percent of households or about 3.5 million Filipinos saying they experienced hunger at least once in the past three months, according to a Social Weather Stations (SWS) survey.
The survey was conducted from September 2 to 5 among 1,200 adults nationwide via face-to-face interviews.
Its results noted that hunger incidence went up in the last three months compared to 12.7 percent in the second quarter of the year, while 13.5 percent was recorded in the first quarter.
While slightly fewer families, at 1.6 percent, said they experienced “severe hunger,” the degree of “moderate hunger” in households leapt from 10.8 percent in the second quarter to 15.7 percent in the third quarter.
Mindanao had the most cases of reported hunger at 21.7 percent, followed by 18.3 percent of those in Metro Manila.
About 14.7 percent of the population in Balance Luzon also experienced hunger, while hunger incidence was only 9.3 percent in the Visayas.
Respondents were asked if their family “experienced hunger and did not have anything to eat” in the last three months.
The year-round self-rated hunger, however, continued to decrease, according to the SWS.
In 2014, a total of 18.3 percent of households experienced hunger while 19.3 percent reported the same in 2013.