Hunger rises sharply in Metro Manila: SWS

Posted at 09/28/2012 6:36 PM | Updated as of 09/28/2012 11:38 PM

MANILA, Philippines - More Filipinos experienced hunger at least once in the past 3 months, with the sharpest rise recorded in Metro Manila, according to the latest Social Weather Stations survey.

The survey, conducted from August 24-27, 2012 and first published in BusinessWorld, showed that hunger increased from 18.4% in May to 21% in August. This means that 4.3 million families went hungry at least once in the past 3 months.

SWS said the overall rise in hunger was due to an increase in moderate hunger, defined as experiencing having nothing to eat at least once or a few times. The new survey showed that moderate hunger increased to 18% or an estimated 3.7 million families.

The survey also showed the new moderate hunger rate is higher than the 14-year average of 11.0%

Overall hunger rose the sharpest in Metro Manila, by 10 percentage points to 26% or an estimated 738,000 families.

Moderate hunger climbed by almost eight percentage points to 20.3% in Metro Manila. With a report from