“The Palace welcomes the Fourth Quarter 2018 Social Weather Stations (SWS) survey showing that hunger dropped from 13.3% in September 2018 to 10.5% in December 2018,” Chief Presidential Legal Counsel & Presidential Spokesperson Salvador Panelo said in a statement.
“We are pleased that the 2018 average hunger rate, as per the polling firm, is the lowest figure recorded in 15 years,” he added.
He said that the survey result is consistent with the earlier survey result showing a decrease among Filipino families who consider themselves as “mahirap.”
“The President’s sincere endeavors, whether in taming inflation or running the bureaucracy, have started to bear fruits. We stress that our economy under the first two years of the Duterte presidency, which averages 6.6%, is now the highest level of growth compared to the first two years of all previous post-EDSA administrations,” he said.
“The best is yet to come, as the Chief Executive continues to work double time in the remainder of his term to uplift more Filipino families out of poverty and hunger, towards a more comfortable and prosperous life for all,” Panelo said.