By MICHAEL SAGANUS-NAPOLITANOA-REUTERS Filipinos are eating more meat, vegetables and grains in the past two years, but they’re still struggling to find quality food.
Food quality, particularly when it comes to the quality of meat and vegetables, has been on a downward trend since 2016, when the Philippines experienced its worst drought in over 70 years.
The Philippines is currently experiencing the worst drought of its 70-year history, and experts say the problem is only going to get worse, as food shortages and an aging population put pressure on the already struggling food system.
“We need to increase our consumption, but we are also facing food shortages,” said Daniel Otero, president of the Philippine Center for Food Security and Nutrition.
“There is a lot of food that we need, but there is no money to buy it.”
A recent study from the University of the Philippines showed that the Philippines had the third-highest per capita calorie consumption in the world, behind only the United States and China.
The per capita caloric intake was even higher in the countryside, where it was the highest.
The Philippines is a major exporter of meat, but the country’s agriculture industry is also in trouble.
“The meat industry in the country is facing a major crisis because of the drought,” Oteros said.
“In the past, there were so many people working in the meat industry.
Now there are so many out of work.
So the meat sector is struggling to survive.”
The Philippines, along with its neighbors, is facing serious food insecurity, with the number of children in poverty hitting a record high in 2017.
The country is also experiencing food shortages as a result of the worsening of the typhoon season, and a worsening economy.
As of last week, food shortages had caused over 2.4 million households to go without food for the first time in two years.
According to Oteroes analysis, there are 3.5 million children under the age of 5 in poverty.
In addition, the country has seen a dramatic rise in the number and number of cases of food poisoning, with an average of 30 cases per day, the highest since 2015.
As a result, the number in need of emergency food assistance increased from about 1.8 million in April to 3.3 million on September 1.
“This year is not going to be good.
This year is going to bring us more food insecurity.
We are going to see a lot more of cases,” said Maria del Carmen de los Santos, a food worker at a food distribution center in Davao City.
De los Santos said she has to make two times as much as she used to earn each day to survive.
The food she makes is not enough for her four-person household.
She said it is hard for her to afford basic necessities like rice and milk.
“There are people in our community that are very poor.
They can’t afford the food that they need,” she said.
Diligence to solve the food crisisThe Philippine government is taking measures to ensure the country gets its fair share of the international aid money and to help alleviate food insecurity for the country.
The Philippine National Police is working to coordinate with other local police agencies to combat food shortages.
And in September, President Rodrigo Duterte signed into law a law to provide $2 billion in aid to the Philippines, and $2.4 billion in funds for the Philippines National Police to assist in food security measures.
But while the Philippines has made progress in increasing the number people in need, there is still much more to be done.
Otero said there are still too many people who cannot afford the basic needs of their families.
“Even in the big cities, we have no way to feed the people,” he said.
Otraso said the country needs to implement reforms that will help the people of the country to get more food.
“We need a social safety net that will enable people to move out of poverty.
This can only be done through the government.
This will only work if the government is committed to providing aid to people.”