SWS: Hunger rate rises to 11.8% in Q4 2021

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Around three million people or about 11.8% of Filipino families experienced involuntary hunger at least once in the last three months of 2021, according to a December survey of the Social Weather Stations released on Friday. (FILE PHOTO)

Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, March 24) — Around three million people or about 11.8% of Filipino families experienced involuntary hunger at least once in the last three months of 2021, according to a December survey of the Social Weather Stations released on Friday.

The SWS said its December 12 -16, 2021 survey found that the hunger rate is 1.8 percentage points above the 10% rate in September, but lower than the 16.8% logged in May and 13.6% in June.

The annual average was at 13.1%, lower than the record-high 21.1% in 2020, but higher than the 9.3% average in 2019.

Scores in hunger rose in all geographical areas except Balance Luzon—or areas of Luzon outside Metro Manila—which saw a 1.1 point-drop from 10.3% (1.2 million families) to 9.2% (one million families). It is the lowest hunger rate in the area since December 2019, when 6.3% was logged.

Incidence of hunger was highest in Metro Manila which affected 22.8% of families, followed by Mindanao at 12.2% and Visayas at 9.7%.

The fourth quarter survey was conducted through face-to-face interviews with 1,440 adults: 360 each in Balance Luzon, Metro Manila, the Visayas, and Mindanao.

The sampling error margins are ±2.6% for national percentages and ±5.2% for Balance Luzon, Metro Manila, the Visayas, and Mindanao.