It’s been quite a while since I’ve posted, what with starting the new job, moving, and overall adjustments, I just haven’t had time to sit down and write all the things I’ve been meaning to write [including my re-commitment to both socialism and democracy, how the last 2 years in the Philippines have changed me, the similarities between US Republican and populist (in the Phil/Latin American sense) rhetoric (actually, I’m kind of glad I held off on this one since the whole Palin phenomenon will just enrich it), and why electing Obama will be better for US national security interests (and the security of the whole world for that matter)].
As I was riding to work this morning, I was elated and inspired to see the long voting lines (as well as chucking to myself about what IFES now has to say to us.) Then, I read this article, which quickly brought me back down to earth. We’re not finished, people. We’ve a long way to go.
Tuesday, November 04, 2008
By Darwin G. Amojelar, Reporter
The Philippines ranked fifth in a recent global hunger survey, with four in 10 poor Filipinos going hungry in the last 12 months.
In its “Voice of the People” survey, Gallup International said 40 percent of the Filipino respondents were found to have experienced an empty stomach in late 2007 to the present.
The country landed in fifth place out of the 55 countries worldwide surveyed.
The Gallup poll interviewed more than 58,600 people between June and early September 2008, and the survey represented the views of more than 1.5 billion global citizens.
During the global survey period, inflation in the Philippines surged to double digits, averaging 12.03 percent from June to September.
An earlier survey conducted by the Social Weather Stations (SWS) revealed that 3.3 million Filipino families were suffering from hunger in the last three quarters. The survey was conducted from September 24 to 27, 2008.
The SWS said incidence of moderate hunger, which refers to hunger experienced only once or a few times in the last three months, increased from 12.1 percent or 2.2 million families in June to 15.2 percent or 2.7 million families in September.
Severe hunger, which refers to that experienced often or always in the covered period, decreased from 4.2 percent or about 760,000 families in June to 3.2 percent or about 580,000 families in September.
The SWS survey also found that the hunger rate is highest in Metro Manila with 560,000 and lowest in the Visayas, 420,000 families.
Poverty at 32.9 percent
The National Statistics Coordination Board also earlier reported that the number of poor Filipinos in 2006 stood at 27.6 million or 32.9 percent of the population.
The 2006 figure represented an increase of almost 4 million, compared to 2003 levels when the number of poor Filipinos stood at 23.8 million.
The government had said that it aims to reduce poverty incidence to between 17 percent and 20 percent by 2010.
The Gallup International survey said 55 percent of respondents in Cameroon have suffered hunger, followed by Pakistan with 53 percent and Nigeria, 48 percent.
The poll also found that one-third of the population has not had enough to eat in Bolivia and Guatemala, both with 35 percent, and Ghana, 32 percent.
Twenty-three percent of the respondents in Mexico and Russia declared lacking food often or sometimes in the last 12 months.
Meril James, the secretary-general of Gallup International, said, “It is shocking to see that still so many people don’t have enough to eat even in the most developed regions.”
Two in 10 of the world citizens surveyed or 19 percent declared to have lacked food often or sometimes in the last 12 months.
Gallup International is registered in Zurich as a verein (association). It was established in 1947 and currently has member-agencies in 65 countries, conducting market and opinion research in more than 100 countries.