4M families hungry in past 3 months

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    AT least 4 million families experienced hunger in the last three months, down from 7.6 million in September, the November 21 to 25 survey of the Social Weather Stations (SWS) showed.

    The survey, which involved 1,500 respondents nationwide with a margin of error of ±2.5 percent, showed that 16 percent (estimated 4 million families) experienced involuntary hunger – hunger due to lack of food to eat – at least once in the past three months, down from the record-high 30.7 percent (estimated 7.6 million families) in September 2020.

    SWS said despite the drop, it is still twice the pre-pandemic 8.8 percent (estimated 2.1 million families) that was recorded in December 2019. It is composed of 12.6 percent (down from 22 percent) that said they experienced moderate hunger and 3.4 percent (down from 8.7 percent) that said they experienced severe hunger.

    Hunger was highest in Metro Manila (23.3 percent down from 28.2 percent), followed by Mindanao (16.0 percent down from 37.5 percent), Luzon (14.4 percent down from 23.8 percent), and the Visayas (14.3 percent down from 40.7 percent).

    SWS said self-rated hunger was higher than those who claimed that their families are food poor (28.1 percent up from 15.5 percent) than those who claimed that their family is poor (21. 7 percent up from 12.8 percent).

    Meanwhile, Cabinet Secretary and concurrent Anti-Hunger Task Force chairman Karlo Nograles led the launching of the Deliver-e platform which provides a direct link, using digital platform, between consumers and farmers or agricultural product producers.

    Nograles said the Deliver-e is a crucial component in the anti-hunger drive, a crucial contribution that will shape the results of the program.

    “This ensures a faster, steadier supply of produce while ensuring regular market access to our farmers, thus providing a reliable source of income which is direly needed during this COVID pandemic,” he said.