1998-2000 Executive Summary

Release Date:28 March 2003

The daily per capita food supply of the Philippines continued to exhibit tempered growths form 1998 to 2000, averaging at 2.5 percent per annum.  In year 2000, the per capita per day supply of energy and protein grew at a gradual rate of 1.5 percent and 3.6 percent, respectively, compared with the 6.3 percent and 5.4 percent growths posted last year.

Despite the decline in the net available food supply of most of the commodities under the vegetable-origin food group, moderate gains in the daily per capita supply of energy and protein during the period were realized as a result of favorable growths in cereals and cereals products, pulses and nuts, and miscellaneous foods, the major sources of energy and protein  in the Filipino diet.  The overall growth in the net domestic supply of animal-origin food group, likewise, contributed to the increase in the daily per capita supply of energy and protein.
Meanwhile, the daily per capita supply of fats registered a 1.2 percent decline in 2000 from its huge growth of 6.2 percent during the previous year.  The decrease in the supply of fat was largely due to the drop in the net domestic supply of fats and oils, the major source of fat supply in our diet.  This was further aggravated by the reduction in the supply of fruits, vegetables, and starchy roots and tubers under the vegetable-origin food group.  The modest growth in the supply of animal-origin food group was not enough to counteract the negative growth in the per capita fat supply during the period.

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