The Duterte administration is stepping up efforts to address hunger and poverty in the country.
According to Nograles, following a recent study, self-rated deprivation and food insecurity have decreased in the third quarter of 2019.
In the Social Weather Stations survey released on Monday, the number of families who rated themselves as “poor” dropped to 42 percent in September 2019, down from 45 percent in June 2019.
The same survey showed that 29 percent of families considered their nutrition to be “bad” in September 2019, compared to 35 percent in June 2019.
Nograles argued that low inflation rates in recent months and reduced rice prices, ostensibly as a result of the Rice Tarification Act, may have led to improved self-rated poverty and self-rated food poverty.
Several Line Agencies have recently agreed to sign a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) formalizing their respective roles in the Enhanced Partnership Against Hunger and Poverty (EPAHP).
EPAHP aims to help reduce hunger, ensure food and nutrition security and reduce poverty in urban and rural communities, including marginalized communities.
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