Number of hungry Filipinos decreases in June 2022 – SWS

The national Social Weather Survey of June 26-29, 2022, the last under the administration of President Rodrigo Duterte, found that 11.6% of families, or an estimated 2.9 million, experienced involuntary hunger – being hungry and not having anything to eat – at least once in the past three months.

The June 2022 Hunger rate is 0.6 points below the 12.2% (estimated 3.1 million families) in April 2022, and 0.2 points below the 11.8% (estimated 3.0 million families) in December 2021.

ADVERTISEMENT

However, it is 1.6 points above the 10% (estimated 2.5 million families) in September 2021. It is also still 2.3 points above the pre-pandemic annual average of 9.3% in 2019.

Hunger falls in Metro Manila and the Visayas, rises in Mindanao and Balance Luzon

The experience of hunger is highest in Metro Manila at 14.7% of families, followed by Mindanao at 14.0%, Balance Luzon (or Luzon outside Metro Manila) at 11.9%, and the Visayas at 5.7%. It has been highest in Metro Manila in 24 out of 98 surveys since July 1998.

ADVERTISEMENT

The 0.6-point decline in Overall Hunger between April 2022 and June 2022 is due to declines in Metro Manila and the Visayas, combined with increases in Mindanao and Balance Luzon.

Compared to April 2022, the incidence of hunger fell by 3.9 points in Metro Manila, from 18.6% (est. 636,000 families) in April 2022 to 14.7% (est. 501,000 families) in June 2022.

It fell by 2.1 points in the Visayas, from 7.8% (est. 373,000 families) in April 2022 to 5.7% (est. 272,000 families) in June 2022.

ADVERTISEMENT

However, it rose by 0.9 points in Mindanao, from 13.1% (est. 761,000 families) in April 2022 to 14.0% (est. 816,000 families) in June 2022.

It rose by 0.2 points in Balance Luzon, from 11.7% (est. 1.3 million families) in April 2022 to 11.9% (est. 1.4 million families) in June 2022.

Number of hungry decreases in June 2022 – SWS

Moderate Hunger 9.4%, Severe Hunger 2.1%

The 11.6% Hunger rate in June 2022 is the sum of 9.4% (est. 2.4 million families) who experienced Moderate Hunger and 2.1% (est. 546,000 families) who experienced Severe Hunger.

Moderate Hunger refers to those who experienced hunger “Only Once” or “A Few Times” in the last three months. Meanwhile, Severe Hunger refers to those who experienced it “Often” or “Always” in the last three months.

In April 2022, Moderate Hunger was 9.3% (est. 2.4 million families), and Severe Hunger was 2.9% (est. 744,000 families).

In Metro Manila, Moderate Hunger fell by 1.7 points from 13.1% in April 2022 to 11.3% in June 2022, while Severe Hunger fell by 2.2 points from 5.6% to 3.3%.

In Balance Luzon, Moderate Hunger rose by 1.1 points from 8.3% in April 2022 to 9.4% in June 2022. However, Severe Hunger fell by 0.9 points from 3.3% to 2.5%.

In the Visayas, Moderate Hunger fell by 2.2 points from 7.2% in April 2022 to 5.0% in June 2022, while Severe Hunger hardly moved from 0.6% to 0.7%.

In Mindanao, Moderate Hunger rose by 1.4 points from 10.6% in April 2022 to 12.0% in June 2022, while Severe Hunger fell by 0.5 points from 2.5% to 2.0%.

Visit our Facebook page for more  updates.