A most recent survey in the country shows the hunger incidence rate in the Philippines fell to 9.3 percent - the lowest in 13 years.

The survey conducted from June 23 - 26, was the first time when the rate fell to a single digit since March 2004’s hunger incidence rate of 7.4 percent.

The figure translates to at least 2.2 million Filipinos who experienced a case of involuntary hunger in the previous 3 months.

In June 2016, hunger rate was pegged at 15.2 percent. This went down to 11.9 percent or 2.7 million people, in March 2017.

In conducting the survey, 1,200 respondents nationwide were asked if they experienced hunger at least once in the past month. The survey was done through face-to-face interviews, with 300 respondents from the National Capital Region (NCR) or Metro Manila, while the rest were spread from Luzon, Visayas, and Mindanao.

SWS phrased the question as: "In the last three months, did it happen even once that your family experienced hunger and did not have anything to eat?" For those who answered positively, they were asked a follow-up question: "Did it happen only once, a few times, often, or always?"

"The measure of hunger refers to involuntary suffering because the respondents answers a survey question that specifies hunger due to lack of food to eat and that respondents were asked whether they experienced it once, a few times, often, or always," the SWS explained, as quoted by the Manila Bulletin.

Meanwhile, Ethiopia in Africa, became the 12th most populated country overtaking the Philippines.

The Population Commission announced," On July 1, Ethiopia overtook our spot, making the Philippines the 13th largest country in the world."

The Philippines is home to some 104 million people, the commission noted, adding that the world ranking may further go down.

During the celebration of World Population Day, POPCOM estimates 105 million Filipinos by the end of the year, and whether this is a good or bad development depends on the country's ability to sustain the needs of its citizens. MIMS

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