According to the Food and Agricultural Organization (FAO) of the United Nations, 31.8% of the Filipino preschool population, roughly 4 million children, were found to be underweight-for-age. 3 million (19.8%) Filipino adolescents and 5 million (13.2%) Filipino adults were found to be underweight and chronically energy deficient, respectively.
60% of family budget goes to FOOD. The overall cost for food in the Philippines goes up faster than wages. For most families food represents almost half of the family budget. For the lowest earning 30% of the population, food constituted 48% of their budget in 2003. In 2006, food accounted for almost 60% of their budget (59%).1 Subsistence poverty or the number of poor Filipinos in the country who could not afford to meet their food requirements has increased by more than 751,000 according to the MDPHP. The present economic situation of the Philippines further aggravates the malnutrition problem with about 28 million Filipinos unable to buy food to meet their nutritional requirements and other basic needs.