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Philippine hunger incidence rises in March

(Xinhua)

13:34, May 08, 2012

MANILA, May 8 (Xinhua) -- Philippine hunger incidence hit a record high in March as more Filipino families reported that they experienced hunger in the past three months, according to the latest survey released by Philippine-based research institute Social Weather Stations (SWS).

Based on the results of its nationwide poll conducted from March 10 to 13, SWS disclosed that 23.8 percent of respondents or an equivalent of around 5 million Filipino families reported that they did not have anything to eat at least once in the past three months.

The proportion of respondents who claimed they experienced hunger is higher than the 22.5 percent recorded in December last year.

SWS figures showed that the last time hunger incidence surpassed the 23-percent mark was in December 2008.

The SWS survey also revealed that hunger incidence was highest in Luzon where 28 percent of respondents reported that they experienced hunger in the past three months. This figure is higher than the 23 percent recorded in December 2011.

In the National Capital Region, 24.3 percent of respondents said they experienced hunger. This is higher than the 22 percent recorded in the previous quarter.

In southern Philippines, 26.7 percent of respondents reported experiencing hunger in the past three months or 7 points higher than the 19.7 recorded in December.

The lowest hunger incidence was recorded in Central Philippines where only 10.3 percent of respondents said they experienced hunger.

The survey on hunger follows the release of a nationwide poll which revealed that 11.1 milliion Filipino families rated themselves as poor in the past three months. The figure is higher than the estimated 9.1 million Filipino families who rated themselves as poor in December.

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