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Incidence of Hunger in the Philippines Declines

The incidence of hunger in the country will decline in the coming months, with the continuous spending on the reconstruction of facilities damaged by typhoons Ondoy and Pepeng last year.

NEDA Director Dennis Arroyo and Deputy Presidential Spokesperson Gary Olivar made the observation in a media briefing Thursday afternoon

The spike in hunger incidence, Arroyo said, was mainly due to the damage in agricultural crops and fishery due to the two typhoons that left farmers and fishermen idle for months.

As a result, the NEDA official further said, prices of basic commodities such as fish, rice, and vegetables went up. The situation was aggravated by the almost 60 percent increase in the price of liquefied petroleum gas (LPG).

He added that the spending on reconstruction work in the succeeding quarters this year will have a salutary effect on the economy.

Likewise, he said, the Department of Agriculture (DA) and the Bureau of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources (BFAR) are intensifying efforts to help affected farmers and fishermen.

The government is fighting hunger through the 14,581 Tindahan Natin outlets, 165 Barangay Bagsakan outlets, and the Food-for-School Program, all of which provide rice and food subsidies for the benefit of 921,084 elementary pupils and 826,761 day care children.

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