Filipinos feel food insecure

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The percentage of Filipinos who consider themselves food insecure increased nationwide, a survey conducted by the Social Weather Stations (SWS), a public opinion polling institute in the Philippines, shows.

The survey concluded that Mindanao was the most food insecure region of the nation, where 63 per cent of the population experiences food poverty, representing an increase of 18 points on the poll.

The Visayas is the second most food insecure region of the Philippines, rising seven points to 57 per cent, followed by Balance Luzon rising five points to 34 per cent and Metro Manila by four to 28 per cent.

Overall, self-rated food poverty in the Philippines worsened by nine points to 44 per cent, or 8.9 million families, up from 35 per cent in the last poll, or 7.2 million families.

The survey, conducted on December 8-11, found that 54 per cent of participants considered themselves poor, equivalent to 10.9 million households. The result is also higher than the last survey conduced in August which only recorded 47 per cent of respondents as being poor.

This figure is still far below the all-time record of 74 per cent, recorded during the height of the Marcos regime in July 1985. The survey does, however, point out that the official poverty rate of 26.5 per cent in 2009 may be dated.

Impoverished families in the Philippines have also been tightening their monthly budgets, the survey showed. The self-rated food poverty threshold, the amounted needed to not be considered poor, rose to 5,000 pesos in Mindanao and Balance Luzon, and fell to 6,000 pesos in Metro Manila and 4,000 pesos in the Visayas.

However, of those who consider themselves food insecure, hunger has fallen. Among the poorest families in the country, hunger fell to 25.8 per cent from 34.8 per cent. It also dropped to 8.8 per cent from 13.5 per cent among the not food/poor food borderline.

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The percentage of Filipinos who consider themselves food insecure increased nationwide, a survey conducted by the Social Weather Stations (SWS), a public opinion polling institute in the Philippines, shows.

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The percentage of Filipinos who consider themselves food insecure increased nationwide, a survey conducted by the Social Weather Stations (SWS), a public opinion polling institute in the Philippines, shows.

The survey concluded that Mindanao was the most food insecure region of the nation, where 63 per cent of the population experiences food poverty, representing an increase of 18 points on the poll.

The Visayas is the second most food insecure region of the Philippines, rising seven points to 57 per cent, followed by Balance Luzon rising five points to 34 per cent and Metro Manila by four to 28 per cent.

Overall, self-rated food poverty in the Philippines worsened by nine points to 44 per cent, or 8.9 million families, up from 35 per cent in the last poll, or 7.2 million families.

The survey, conducted on December 8-11, found that 54 per cent of participants considered themselves poor, equivalent to 10.9 million households. The result is also higher than the last survey conduced in August which only recorded 47 per cent of respondents as being poor.

This figure is still far below the all-time record of 74 per cent, recorded during the height of the Marcos regime in July 1985. The survey does, however, point out that the official poverty rate of 26.5 per cent in 2009 may be dated.

Impoverished families in the Philippines have also been tightening their monthly budgets, the survey showed. The self-rated food poverty threshold, the amounted needed to not be considered poor, rose to 5,000 pesos in Mindanao and Balance Luzon, and fell to 6,000 pesos in Metro Manila and 4,000 pesos in the Visayas.

However, of those who consider themselves food insecure, hunger has fallen. Among the poorest families in the country, hunger fell to 25.8 per cent from 34.8 per cent. It also dropped to 8.8 per cent from 13.5 per cent among the not food/poor food borderline.

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