Commentary: Dramatic decline in hunger incidence in 3Q a milestone for Arroyo Administration
Tacloban City (October 25) -- The dramatic decline in the overall hunger incidence in the Philippines is a most welcomed news that should inspire everyone to continue working to reduce and mitigate hunger among Filipinos.
This is another milestone of the Arroyo Administration that has prioritized hunger and poverty reduction and mitigation among its flagship programs.
The result of the 3rd quarter hunger incidence survey conducted by the Social Weather Station on September 18 – 21, showed that the proportion of families experiencing involuntary hunger at least once in the past three months declined to 17.5 % from 20.3 % in the previous quarter.
The 2.8-point decline in overall hunger resulted from a 1.5-point decline in moderate hunger, combined with a 1.3-point decline in severe hunger.
The decrease in hunger incidence could be attributed to several factors, among others, the sustained implementation of various hunger mitigating interventions that ensure the adequate supply of safe, nutritious and affordable food for the family.
Other factors include improving efficiency in the delivery of food and services; improving incomes of the poor and the unemployed through aggressive training and skills development and the provision of loans and microfinance for income generating and livelihood opportunities; and improving the knowledge, attitudes and practices of Filipinos on proper nutrition and responsible parenthood.
The National Nutrition Council informed that the marked improvement in the hunger situation is a clear manifestation than hunger-mitigation initiatives of the Arroyo government are effective and responsive to the needs especially of the vulnerable and needy groups.
With the continued monitoring of no less than President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo will ensure that the implementation of hunger-mitigation program is on the right track and adequately funded. (PIA 8) [top]