HUNGER ROSE by over a percentage point in the month following a battering by two strong storms, a special survey by the Social Weather Stations (SWS) showed.
The number of households that experienced having nothing to eat rose to 3.5 million, boosted by the addition of some 300,000 families located mainly in Luzon outside of Metro Manila.
From 17.5% as of Sept. 18-21, hunger rose to 18.9% in the Oct. 24-27 survey, the results of which were made exclusive to BusinessWorld.
An economist said the increase could be due to the failure to quickly distribute relief goods in storm-hit areas, while government officials said the number should decline soon.
The survey, conducted on top of the SWS’ regular quarterly review, was made possible by the addition, with permission, of a questionnaire for household heads in a privately commissioned poll.