Priest hopes declining hunger rate would be sustained

Priest hopes declining hunger rate would be sustained

By CBCP News

November 4, 2019

Manila, Philippines

Elated by the report of fewer hungry Filipinos, the Manila archdiocese’s social action arm said that what also matters is how this can be sustained.

“That’s great news that single-digit self-rated families (are) experiencing involuntary hunger,” said Fr. Anton Pascual, executive director of Caritas Manila, said.

“But more importantly, the factors leading to the decrease should be sustained,” he said.

The Social Weather Stations (SWS) reported that fewer Filipinos experienced involuntary hunger from July to September compared to the previous quarter.

The Sept. 27 to 30 survey found that 9.1 percent or an estimated 2.3 million families went hungry due to lack of food in the third quarter of the year.

The figure was lower compared to the 2.5 million or 10 percent rate in June.

Fr. Pascual stressed that continued efforts must be made “to ensure the eradication of hunger” in the country.

“To eat is a basic right that must be provided in a civilized society. More as a Christian country,” he said.