hunger in the Philippines - updates

Rappler's latest stories on hunger in the Philippines


Duterte creates task force to address hunger, food nutrition

Jan 16, 2020 - 4:05 PM

The Inter-Agency Task Force on Zero Hunger will create a 'National Food Policy' that will outline the government's priorities and map efforts to achieve zero hunger

ZERO HUNGER. President Rodrigo Duterte creates the Inter-Agency Task Force on Zero Hunger to address hunger and food sustainability in the Philippines. Photo by LeAnne Jazul/Rappler

The long wait to 'Zero Hunger'

Jul 26, 2018 - 4:06 PM

To date, the Philippines has no comprehensive law directly addressing food insecurity and hunger. Where is the Zero Hunger Bill?

Fast Facts: What has the government done to alleviate malnutrition?

Jul 25, 2018 - 5:12 PM

The Philippine government has shown a history of focused policy, but scattershot implementation

Hunger up in Metro Manila, Mindanao in Q2 2018 – SWS

Jul 24, 2018 - 5:10 PM

In contrast, hunger in Balance Luzon and the Visayas went down in the 2nd quarter of 2018, according to a Social Weather Stations survey

FEEDING PROGRAM. Children queue for free ensaymada and juice during a feeding program in Baseco, Manila on July 4, 2018, as President Rodrigo Duterte recently signs into law the establishment of a national feeding program to address hunger and undernutrition. Photo by Ben Nabong/Rappler

Millennial heroes: stories of service

Nov 28, 2017 - 10:16 AM

Sometimes we’re guilty of living inside bubbles. Minding our own problems can seem enough of a cross to carry. But we need to take several steps back to realize that the universe is bigger than us. The following millennials have made it their mission to help others. What can you do to make your stay in this world worthwhile?

Solving hunger: Why it’s important for millennials to help out

Oct 03, 2017 - 5:22 PM

Hunger stunts the potential of the youth. How does it worsen existing problems in the country?

Combating malnutrition: The key to the Philippines’ long-term success

Jul 13, 2017 - 9:25 PM

Members of the private sector and the government need to invest in nutrition to secure a better future for the next generation

SWS: 3.1 million Filipino families suffer from hunger in Q4 2016

Jan 24, 2017 - 2:42 PM

The latest figure is higher than the 3rd quarter s estimated 2 4 million families

1 in 3 Filipino kids still malnourished, stunted – study

Jul 27, 2016 - 10:40 PM

The study also notes that 20 of kids under 5 years old die due to poor health services

SATING HUNGER. Children wait their turn at a feeding program for informal settlers in Quezon City.  File photo by Rolex dela Pena/ EPA

Cebu debate: Education, health on agenda, but not discussed

Mar 21, 2016 - 5:22 PM

Presidential candidates were able to tackle a few issues during the debate but they weren t asked about two key matters supposedly on the agenda

What causes food insecurity in the PH's poorest provinces?

Nov 03, 2015 - 7:32 PM

Families in the Philippines poorest provinces cite inadequate income and lack of a job as reasons why they experience hunger

SWS: More Filipino families suffer from hunger in Q3 2015

Nov 02, 2015 - 4:15 PM

The latest Social Weather Stations survey results stated 15 7 of total respondents experienced involuntary hunger from July until September with highest prevalence in Mindanao

epa01769192 A Filipino couple try to feed their children as they share a bowl of rice at a roadside in an urban poor district of Quezon City, east of Manila, Philippines 22 June 2009. The United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) estimates that world hunger could reach a historic high in 2009, with 1.02 billion people going hungry every day. The FAO reports that poor communities have less access to food due to lower income, rising unemployment and rising prices of food resulting from the world economic crisis. EPA/ROLEX DELA PENA

#TheLeaderIWant: Committed to zero hunger and good governance

Oct 24, 2015 - 7:30 PM

Aspiring leaders should be critically examined for their commitment to end poverty and hunger among their constituents says the National Food Coalition

Zero Hunger: Holding gov't responsible

Oct 06, 2015 - 1:58 PM

A lawmaker says the lack of guarantee to right to food in the 1987 Philippine Constitution should be changed to push for accountability

'Lahat Dapat': No child should be left malnourished

Sep 05, 2015 - 9:22 AM

Malnutrition and hunger among Filipinos – especially children – should be the centerpiece of electoral campaigns for 2016

Group urges gov't to act on food insecurity amid economic 'growth'

Sep 03, 2015 - 12:21 AM

The Philippine Legislators’ Committee on Population and Development says growth should not exclude those suffering from hunger and poverty

ZERO HUNGER? According to WFP country director Praveen Agrawal, hunger alleviation initiatives should be inclusive, holistic, and integrated. Graphics by Nico Villarete

What hunger, nutrition issues should 2016 candidates tackle?

Aug 07, 2015 - 12:51 PM

The 2016 elections agenda should also cover issues related to the problem of malnutrition and hunger in the Philippines

epa03825137 A Filipino mother (L) with her baby begs for money at an elevated pathway in Paranaque city, south of Manila, Philippines, 15 August 2013. A new report based on a survey by private national pollster Social Weather Stations (SWS) conducted from June 28 to 30, 2013, revealed that more Filipinos still considered themselves as 'food-poor'. Fourty nine percent of the Filipino respondents considered themselves as poor, equivalent to an estimated of 10.4 million households. EPA/FRANCIS R. MALASIG

Hunger lowest in 10 years – SWS

Jul 20, 2015 - 12:27 PM

Survey shows there were about 2 8 million families who experienced hunger from April to June


Can an early warning system help end hunger?

Apr 09, 2015 - 4:46 PM

The EWS FNS is a food security information system that can empower communities to immediately identify hunger and malnutrition problems in their areas

What happens when we end hunger and malnutrition

Mar 10, 2015 - 11:58 AM

The world’s most solvable problem can affect even a country’s economy

Women and organic farming: Ending hunger one garden at a time

Mar 08, 2015 - 12:15 PM

Women have a big role in ending hunger not just in their families but also in the community

Tondo's Katuparan: Fulfilling malnourished children's dreams

Feb 25, 2015 - 8:49 PM

Ending malnutrition among children is key to finally fulfilling the dreams their parents never realized

Saving Sitio Pintor's hungry children

Jan 29, 2015 - 12:24 PM

How can a community with not too many opportunities save its hungry children? Good Neighbors International Philippines is doing its share

How is gov't managing school feeding program?

Jan 26, 2015 - 9:35 AM

The Department of Education should reexamine the daily feeding budget currently at P16 per beneficiary

Voices from the ground: How to overcome hunger?

Nov 19, 2014 - 1:59 PM

One main goal of any intervention is to know and support the solidarity within communities recognizing that they are also active members in their own rights beyond being beneficiaries

Tap cash transfer to feed more public school kids – Recto

Oct 29, 2014 - 6:30 AM

Senate Pro Tempore Ralph Recto questions why the DSWD s conditional cash transfer program is increasing overhead costs and not for its feeding program

EASING HUNGER. Filipino children eat their meals during a feeding program initiated by a child advocates group to fight malnutrion and hunger (27 March 2009). Photo by Dennis Sabangan/EPA

#HungerProject: Collaboration key to ending hunger in the PH

Mar 04, 2014 - 9:12 AM

Though hunger has generally declined in the Philippines it is still considered a serious problem But what can be done today to end hunger tomorrow?

HUNGER AWARENESS. (L-R) WFP country director Praveen Agrawal, DSWD secretary Dinky Soliman, and CamSur representative Leni Robredo lead the discussion on eliminating hunger in the Philippines. All photos from Rappler

More work needed to reduce hunger, admits Palace

Jan 31, 2012 - 3:35 PM

An SWS survey shows hunger levels increased in December 2011