Fewer Filipino families have experienced involuntary hunger—being hungry and not having anything to eat—at least once over the past three months in March, the Social Weather Stations' first quarter survey showed.
Based on the SWS survey conducted from March 26 to 29, at least 9.8% of Filipino families, or an estimated 2.7 million experienced involuntary hunger.
This is a decrease from the 11.8% or three million families in December 2022, and 11.3% or 2.9 million families in October 2022.
The SWS, however, said that it was still higher than the 8.8% or 2.1 million families in December 2019, before the COVID-19 pandemic.
The first quarter SWS survey was conducted from March 26 to 29 using face-to-face interviews with 1,200 adults aged 18 and above nationwide.
It has a sampling error margin of ±2.8% for national percentages, and ±5.7% each for Metro Manila, Balance Luzon, Visayas, and Mindanao. —NB, GMA Integrated News