Gallup International ranked the Philippines fifth out of 55 countries in the recent global hunger survey called “Voice of the People”.
The Gallup survey noted that 40% of the Filipino respondents were found to have experienced an empty stomach in late 2007 to the present. This means that four out of 10 poor Filipinos experienced empty stomach in the last 12 months.
This may not be very surprising. But for President Gloria Macapagal Arroyo and her administration, may find this as little insult to the “food for every Filipino” line that GMA keeps on bragging in her speeches. In fairness to President Arroyo, she is doing her part well as chief executive to fight hunger. The problem is just too big to handle on.
A related survey conducted from September 24 to 27, 2008 by Social Weather Station (SWS) found that 3.3 million Filipino families were suffering from hunger in the last three quarters.
The Philippine government aims to reduce poverty incidence to between 17 percent and 20 percent by 2010, thus lessen the the number of hungry Filipinos.
According to National Statistics Coordination Board (NSCB), there are 27.6 million Filipinos in 2006 or 32.9 percent of the population.
Too many, indeed!
But hunger is not specific to the Philippines. Many countries in the world have the same fate – with many of its poor citizens have nothing to eat.
Source: The Manila Times