DSWD DISTRIBUTION -- distribution food packsr and relief  the areas in urban area, in tacloban, affected by the super typhon Yolanda.November 16,2013) Courtecy by MARCELINO G, PASCUA/NIB/PCOO

DSWD DISTRIBUTION — distribution food packsr and relief the areas in urban area, in tacloban, affected by the super typhon Yolanda.November 16,2013) Courtecy by MARCELINO G, PASCUA/NIB/PCOO

MANILA, May 12 (Mabuhay) — The number of Filipinos who experienced involuntary hunger has dropped to its lowest point in a decade, the latest Social Weather Stations (SWS) survey revealed Tuesday.

The survey conducted last March 20-23, 2015 showed 13.5 percent or an estimated 3 million families experiencing hunger at least once in the past three months.

This is 3.7-percentage points lower than the 17.2 percent figure (3.8 million families) in December 2014.

SWS said this is the lowest figure on involuntary hunger incidence in the country since May 2005 when it was at 12 percent.

The results of the survey were first published in Businessworld.

SWS said the 3 million families who experienced hunger in the first quarter of 2015 include 2.5 million families who experienced moderate hunger and an estimated 522,000 families who experienced severe hunger.

Moderate Hunger refers to those who experienced hunger “Only Once” or “A Few Times” in the last three months, while Severe Hunger refers to those who experienced it “Often” or “Always” in the last three months.

The survey revealed that the balance in Luzon had the highest hunger rate at 14.3 percent or an estimated 1.4 million families, followed by Mindanao at 14.3 percent or an estimated 726,000 families.

In Visayas, the hunger rate was at 11 percent or an estimated 470,000 families while Metro Manila had a hunger rate of 12.7 percent or 382,000 families.

Presidential Spokesman Edwin Lacierda earlier said the drop in hunger incidence among Filipino families means the government’s poverty reduction programs are bearing fruit. (MNS)