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MANILA – Malacañang on Wednesday expressed sadness over a survey result which showed that hunger incidence in the Philippines has reached its highest level.

This, after polling firm Social Weather Stations (SWS) revealed in its July 3 to 6 survey that around 20.9 percent or an estimated 5.2 million families experienced involuntary hunger in the past three months.

“We are saddened by the latest Social Weather Stations (SWS) survey showing hunger among Filipino families at 20.9 percent),” Presidential Spokesperson Harry Roque said in a press statement.

The latest hunger rate is the highest since the 22 percent or an estimated 4.8 million families reported in September 2014, SWS 

SWS found that 15.8 percent or an estimated 3.9 million families experienced “moderate” hunger, while 5.1 percent or an estimated 1.3 million families had to endure “severe” hunger.

Moderate and severe hunger levels were at its highest since September 2014’s 17.6 percent or estimated 3.8 million and June 2013’s 5.4 percent or estimated 1.2 million families, respectively.

Hunger incidence rose in the Visayas (27.2 percent or estimated 1.3 million families from May 2020’s 14.6 percent or estimated 685,000 families) and in Balance Luzon (17.8 percent or estimated 2 million families from May 2020’s 12.6 percent or estimated 1.4 million families).

Hunger rate was steady in Mindanao (24.2 percent or estimated 1.4 million families). It fell in Metro Manila (16.3 percent or estimated 546,000 families from 20.8 percent or estimated 693,000 families).

Roque acknowledged that hunger incidence was high in areas in the country that are still under general community quarantine (GCQ) or modified GCQ due to the coronavirus disease 2019 (Covid-19) pandemic.

“Many lost their jobs during the pandemic. The resumption of public transportation was calibrated and phased. The economy had only started to open. These factors contributed to the respondents saying the experienced hunger,” he said.

Roque said the poll results prove that there is a need to reopen the country’s economy.

“Having said this, the SWS survey underscores the importance of opening the economy and providing livelihood opportunities to our people,” he said.

In a bid to save the Philippine economy and people’s jobs, Roque appealed to the public to observe the minimum public health standards by wearing masks, washing hands and keeping a safe distance.

Around 1,555 adult Filipinos were interviewed by SWS, using sampling error margins of ±2 percentage points for national percentages, and ±6 percentage points for Metro Manila, and ±5 percentage points each for Balance Luzon, the Visayas, and Mindanao. (PNA)

https://www.pna.gov.ph/articles/1109800

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streak03

Well gee, good thing they're sad, maybe they can throw a prayer or two in there and it'll all be ok

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softail
9 minutes ago, streak03 said:

Well gee, good thing they're sad, maybe they can throw a prayer or two in there and it'll all be ok

Or perhaps distribute the balance the money that was stolen from them that they were entitled to receive from the government to help them thru this tough time.

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streak03
12 minutes ago, softail said:

Or perhaps distribute the balance the money that was stolen from them that they were entitled to receive from the government to help them thru this tough time.

The poor people really have a better chance with good wishes, feelings, likes on facebook and prayers than they do having the govt or the crooked barangay officials releasing money to them.

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SkyMan
On 7/23/2020 at 5:57 AM, softail said:

Or perhaps distribute the balance the money that was stolen from them that they were entitled to receive from the government to help them thru this tough time.

Well, they aren't that sad.  More of a "let them eat cake" kind of sad.

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battleborn

I am saddened by the Palaces response.

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East Saxon

I was puzzled by the " Involuntary Hunger" as opposed to what dieting?

 

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Kreole

What a surprise!  Who could have thought that this lockdown, quarantine would cause people to starve, especially the majority here in the RP who are already very poor?  And the palace is "saddened". 

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