DUMAGUETE CITY – Any person who is really, really hungry in the Philippines will not wait for any donor, either he will work so hard so he and his family can eat, or steal,(worse sell drugs) so his family can eat.
But are those who steal and sell drugs really hungry or they just want to improve their social status by buying things they themselves cannot afford?
The Bible says in Psalms: those who do not work do not deserve to eat. There is hunger once you see people lining up the markets to buy trickles of rice; high prices of goods..etc. None of these happened so far.
But every October the militants hold blitz rallies marking “World Foodless Day”..as they did in the steets of Dumaguete last Tuesday.
Most of them came from the north and south of Negros.
We may see people begging..But they are not really hungry especially those badjaos. They are well organized and eat full meals a day. In fact they are renting a big house where they all gather and spread on the floor to sleep,eat and and some maybe reproduce.
Those badjao’s begging for food and money in the streets: try to follow them at the end of the day, they will pool their “collections” to their eleders so they earn the privilege to paratake of food.
These badjao beggars are really those who do not have talent to dive for pearls and sell these to tourists. The rest are busy diving and selling pearls to tourists. Try to follow them.
Meanwhile, the latest from the Social Weather Station states that:
More Filipino families have experienced involuntary hunger because of lack of food at least once in the past three months, results of the third quarter Social Weather Stations (SWS) survey showed.
In the nationwide survey conducted last Sept. 15-23 among 1,500 respondents, SWS found that 13.3 percent or an estimated 3.1 million families experienced involuntary hunger at least once in the past three months.
The SWS said the measure of hunger refers to involuntary suffering because the respondents answered a survey question that specifies hunger due to lack of food to eat.
The latest figure is 3.9 points above the 9.4 percent or about 2.2 million families quarterly hunger in June 2018. This is the highest since the 15.9 percent in December 2017.
Hunger up in all areas except Visayas
It fell by 3.3 points in Visayas, from 9.3 percent (419,000 families) in June to 6 percent (269,000 families).
Moderate versus severe hunger
The third quarter 2018 hunger rate is composed of 10.6 percent (2.5 million families) who experienced moderate hunger and 2.8 percent (643,000 families) who experienced severe hunger.
SWS refers to moderate hunger to those who experienced hunger “only once” or “a few times” in the last three months, while severe hunger refers to those who experienced it “often” or “always” in the last three months.
The few who did not state their frequency of hunger were classified under moderate hunger.