3.1 million Filipino families are hungry in the first quarter of 2022: SWS

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Volunteers use a pedicab to go door-to-door to give residents free chicken soup prepared in a community kitchen, at a slum area on August 12, 2021 in Marikina, Metro Manila, Philippines. A survey has found around 3.1 million Filipino families experienced hunger during the first quarter of 2022. (Photo by Ezra Acayan/Getty Images)
MANILA, PHILIPPINES - AUGUST 12: Volunteers use a pedicab to go door-to-door to give residents free chicken soup prepared in a community kitchen, at a slum area on August 12, 2021 in Marikina, Metro Manila, Philippines. A survey has found around 3.1 million Filipino families experienced hunger during the first quarter of 2022. (Photo by Ezra Acayan/Getty Images)

More or less 3.1 million Filipino families experienced hunger during the first quarter of 2022, according to a non-commissioned survey by the Social Weather Station (SWS) from April 9 to 27.

The April 2022 hunger rate sits at 12.2%, 0.4 points above December 2021’s rate of 11.8%, equivalent to about 3 million families, and 2.2 points above September 2021’s 10%, or about 2.5 million families.

The experience of hunger was highest in Metro Manila at about 18.6%, although it was already a drop from December 2021’s 22.8%. In Mindanao, the hunger incidence rose to 13.1% from 12.2%, and in Luzon (excluding NCR), to 11.7% in April 2022 from last year’s 9.2%. In the Visayas region, the rate is at 7.8%.

According to the survey, although there was a significant drop in hunger incidence in some regions of the country, the higher percentage was due to the increases in Balance Luzon and in Mindanao.

“Compared to December 2021, the incidence of Hunger rose by 2.5 points in Balance Luzon, from 9.2% (est. 1.0 million families) to 11.7% (est. 1.3 million families) … It rose by 0.8 points in Mindanao, from 12.2% (est. 703,000 families) to 13.1% (est. 761,000 families),” said SWS.

Meanwhile, of the 12.2% who experienced hunger within the last three months, SWS said that 9.3% of it, or more or less 2.4 million families, experienced “moderate hunger” or those who experienced hunger “only once” or “a few times,” while 2.9% or around 744,000 families have experienced “severe hunger” or those who are “always” or “often” hungry.

The survey, participated by a total of 1,440 adults, was conducted through face-to-face interviews, with its sampling error margins at 2.6% for national percentages and 5.2% for the National Capital Region, Balance Luzon, Visayas, and Mindanao.

Marvin Joseph Ang is a news and creative writer who follows developments in politics, democracy, and popular culture. He advocates for a free press and national democracy. The views expressed are his own.

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