CWR contests PSA’s figures for acceptable food budget
The Center for Women’s Resources is contesting the Philippine Statistics Authority’s (PSA) computation for a family of five to have a well-balanced diet for an entire month. The Center claims that contrary to the PSA’s figures that P7,337 is enough to feed a family with five members with their required dietary needs, a family’s daily food budget should be in the range of P596.50 to abide by the recommended meal plan of DOST’s FNRI.
“The Philippine Statistics Authority (PSA) claims that a family of five only needs no less than PhP7,337 to meet the basic food requirements for a month. This translates to not more than PhP250 per day, a budget that could only buy non-nutritious meals of instant noodles and tuyo,” the center explained as they posted their infographic.
Based on the DOST FNRI’s recommendation, a person’s daily meal should include rice, fish, chicken, fruits, as well the condiments with which to cook these items. To make the figures more realistic, the infographic also included coffee and powdered milk as part of a person’s breakfast item. (ANGEL ONG)