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Tell it to SunStar: Poverty and hunger
04:36:34 PM | Wednesday, April 4th, 2018

Author: SunStar Cebu

Any views expressed in this article are those of the author and not of Philippine Statistics Authority.

WE encourage everyone to pray for our nation’s food security and sustainability. We are facing a global threat of food shortage that if not properly addressed by the government and other leading bodies in the world would result to a kind of plague. 

“More families experienced involuntary hunger in 4th quarter of 2017,” according to CNN Philippines. In its December 2017 poll, the Social Weather Stations (SWS) found out that 15.9 percent, or an estimated 3.6 million families did not have “enough” food to eat at least once in very three months. The figure is up from the estimated 2.7 million families or 11.8 percent who experienced involuntary hunger in the SWS’s September 2017 survey.

According to the survey, involuntary hunger is experienced when there is lack of food to eat. It classifies experiencing hunger “only once” or “a few times” in the last three months as moderate hunger, while going hungry “often” or “always” in the last three months is severe hunger. 

This proved that majority of Filipinos can no longer support and sustain regular food and this is very alarming. Although the poll was conducted among 1,200 adults nationwide from December 8 to 16, it merely reflects the actual condition of our country in relation to food security and sustainability.

We call on the government to pour large support to rice farmers. The local rice industry should promote un-modified seedlings and native methods like organic farming and community based and people-centered development. 

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