MANILA- Malacañang pointed the importance of reopening the economy as hunger rate climbed to a record-high of 20.9% (highest since September 2014) for the past three months, according to Social Weather Stations (SWS) survey.
This involved around 5.2 million families who experienced involuntary hunger or hunger due to lack of food to eat amid the COVID-19 pandemic.
Saddened by the latest survey which was conducted from July 3-6, Presidential Spokesperson Harry Roque said the poll proves the need to pursue economic reopening.
“Having said this, the SWS survey underscores the importance of opening the economy and providing livelihood opportunities to our people,” he highlighted.
Roque mentioned several factors that may have affected the families particularly in areas that were placed under the general community quarantine and modified general community quarantine.
“Many lost their jobs during the pandemic. The resumption of public transportation was calibrated and phased. The economy had only started to open. These factors contributed to the respondents saying the experienced hunger,” he said.
Meanwhile, this year’s latest hunger rate exceeded by 12.1 points from that of 8.8% in December 2019.
SWS survey result showed that 15.8% or around 3.9 million families experienced from moderate hunger, while 5.1% or some 1.3 million families suffered from severe hunger.
The hunger rate was recorded highest in Visayas, with 27.2% followed by Mindanao with 24.2%, Balance Luzon at 17.8% and Metro Manila at 16.3%.
The mobile survey was conducted among 1,555 adult Filipinos (18 years old and above) nationwide.
Source: SWS Survey/ PNA
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