Taytay Palawan Bishop Broderick Pabillo calls on Filipinos who are experiencing hunger, especially in the past months to not lose hope despite the economic downturn and continued poverty.
In a message sent to Radio Veritas, the Bishop expressed his concern about the worsening hunger crisis, and also invited the faithful to pray and care for fellow Filipinos experiencing poverty.
“Manalangin tayo sa mga Pilipino na nakararanas ng gutom na hindi sila mawalan ng pag-asa at mabigyan sila ng tulong at pagkakataon na matugunan itong basic human right and human need ng bawat isa,” said the Bishop.
Bishop Pabillo also urged prayer for government officials to create initiatives to address child malnutrition.
“Lahat sana tayo ay maging concern sa ating pananagutan na tulungan ang mga mahihirap at nagugutom,”
In data released by the United Nations Children Fund (UNICEF), 95 children in the Philippines die every day due to the problem of stunting and malnutrition.
According to the data of the Philippine Statistics Authority (PSA), although slightly decreased, the hunger incidence is still high. It has been recorded that 2.9-million Filipinos experienced hunger in the 2nd quarter of the year from April to June compared to 3.1-million in the 1st quarter of 2022. (Fatima Llanza/RCAM-AOC | Photo File byRCAM-AOC)