• Hungry Filipinos grow in increased numbers – SWS

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    DESPITE the government’s claim of economic growth, Filipino families experiencing hunger remain high in the latest Social Weather Station (SWS) survey.

    The poll showed 18.1 percent of the 3.9 million families covered claim to have experienced hunger at least once in the past three months, “basically unchanged from September’s 17.9 percent,” the SWS said in Business World on Monday. Overall hunger rose by 1.4 points, from 23.2 percent during the third quarter of 2013 to 24.6 percent in December.

    “Food poor” or those who are unable to obtain affordable food, posted a bigger 3.9-point increase to 30.5 percent as the year ended.

    By region, the calamity-stricken Visayas displayed the most significant increase in the self-rated hunger survey, with a 6.7-point upsurge to 17.5 percent.

    On the other hand, overall hunger in Mindanao and Balance Luzon faintly fell by 2.6 percent and 1 percent respectively while hunger in Metro Manila remained unchanged at 24.3 percent or 711,000 households.

    Moderate hunger or those who went hungry “once or a few times” also basically remained unchanged at 15.4 percent, or 3.3 million households from 15.3 percent from September’s survey.

    Meanwhile, severe hunger or those who experience it “often or always” marked a 2.7 percent increase or 583,000 families.

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