Metadata is data that describes other data. Meta is a prefix which means “an underlying definition or description.”

The metadata section is an essential part of the PhilFSIS website. It summarizes basic information about the data/indicator. Included in the metadata are the definition, computational formula, and source of the data/indicator. It also covers the definition, frequencies of collection and dissemination, temporal and spatial disaggregation and the agency responsible for the basic data.
This section is organized per dimension. Under each food security dimension, the indicators are grouped into the level of importance. They are classified as key or support indicators. Key indicators are those which best describe the dimension. In the absence of available data for the key indicators, support indicators are used as proxy indicator. Each indicator is linked to its metadata and vice versa.

The process on how the indices were generated including the overall food security index (FSI) is described in this section.