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Survey says 12.2 million Filipino families consider themselves poor

Survey says 12.2 million Filipino families consider themselves poor

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  • The number of Filipino families that consider themselves as poor increased in latest SWS survey.
  • Approximately 12.2 million families classify themselves as poor in the third quarter of the year.

In a recent Social Weather Stations report, it was found out that 52 percent or roughly 12.2 million Filipino families classify themselves as poor. It is now the highest number since President Duterte took over in 2016.

This is four points higher than the 48 percent rate or 11.1 million families result from June 2018 and is the highest since December 2014.

Respondents said that they need a monthly budget of roughly ₱10,000 to classify themselves as non-poor.

The survey also showed families that are “newly poor” which refers to the respondents that did not classify themselves as poor one to four years ago, however, considered themselves poor at the recent survey. It showed an eight percent increase in newly poor families.

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Presidential Spokesperson Harry Roque attributed the survey results to inflation which hit a nine-year high in September and the destruction brought by typhoon Ompong.

Nauunawaan namin ang sentimyento ng ating mga kababayan.  Sa buwan ng Setyembre kung kailan isinagawa ang survey, ang inflation ay pumalo sa 6.7%, ayon sa Philippine Statistics Authority.

“The destruction to agriculture and infrastructure caused by Typhoon Ompong in the Cordillera, Ilocos and Cagayan regions contributed to higher inflation. Walang pamilyang Pilipino ang dapat magutom.  Iyan ang atas at hangarin ng Pangulo.

Kasama na rito ang direktiba ng Pangulo sa kanyang huling pagpupulong sa mga miyembro ng kanyang gabinete na walang limitasyon sa pag-aangkat ng bigas para palakasin ang suplay ng bigas at mapababa ang presyo nito.”

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SWS Quality of Life poll hits lowest in four years; falls to -2

SWS Quality of Life poll hits lowest in four years; falls to -2

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  • SWS quality of life poll falls to its lowest after four years.
  • This resulted to 28 percent net gainers and 30 percent net losers.

Filipinos whose lives have improved are now less than the number of Filipinos whose lives have worsened. Social Weather Stations‘ (SWS) quality of life survey has hit its lowest point for the first time since the first quarter of 2015.

The survey was conducted last month and results showed that only 28% of Filipino adults said that their lives have improved (gainers) while 30% said that theirs worsened.

This resulted to the country hitting a Net Gainer’s score of -2 during the period, which is classified as “fair”. The lowest score in history was back in September 2014, when it hit an alarming -8. Not only that, this is also the first time Net Gainers get a negative score after 14 executive positive outcome, starting first quarter of 2015.

The -2 result represents a 7-point decline from the +5 recorded in June 2018.

SWS stated that the seven point decline was because of the declines in Mindanao, Metro Manila, and Balance Luzon. Net Gainers from Metro Manila stumbled from the +1 score last June, the lowest in the National Capital Region was -9 in December 2014.

Net Gainers from Mindanao also stumbled to zero after scoring +14 in June.

In Visayas, however, Net Gainers increased from -11 in June to net zero this September.

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Percentage of joblessness decreases to 19.7 in second quarter of 2018

Percentage of joblessness decreases to 19.7 in second quarter of 2018

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  • Joblessness dropped to 19.7% in the second quarter of 2018.
  • According to the survey, Filipinos still remain optimistic regarding job availability in the next 12 months.

Social Weather Stations (SWS) announced on Wednesday that the joblessness among adult Filipinos decreased in the second quarter of this year.

The polling firm said that 19.7% of the respondents, which is about 8.6 million people, were jobless. Although still very high, it is 4.2 points below the results from the first quarter of 2018. On March 2018, an estimated 23.9% or 10.9 million were jobless.

The joblessness result covers those who are without a job and currently job seeking. It makes up of 9.5% or 4.2 million people who voluntarily left their old jobs, 6.8% or 3 million who lost their jobs, while 3.4% or 1.5 million are fresh graduates.

The June 2018 survey put adult labor force participation rate at 68.3 percent or 43.8 million, which is lower from the 71.4 percent or 45.8 million in the first quarter.

SWS also revealed that the respondents remained optimistic about chances next year. Job optimism or those who think that there will be more jobs decreased only to 47% from March 2018’s 49%.

Those who answered that there will be fewer jobs went up by three points to 15% and the remaining 24% said that there will be no change in job availability.

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Duterte administration retains “very good” rating for 2nd quarter

Duterte administration retains “very good” rating for 2nd quarter

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  • Duterte administration still maintained a SWS Survey satisfaction of “very good”.
  • The government was also rated in various subjects such as promoting human women’s rights, ensuring that no family will ever go hungry, fighting terrorism, among others.

The administration of President Rodrigo Roa Duterte has maintained their “very good” rating for the second quarter of 2018. This is according to the survey conducted by Social Weather Stations in June.

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It has been found that 72% of adult Filipinos are satisfied with the general performance of the government, 15% are undecided, and 13% are dissatisfied. The Duterte administration has maintained the satisfaction rating from March to June of this year due to the increases in net satisfaction in the areas of Mindanao and Balance Luzon added to the decreases from Metro Manila and Visayas.

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The administration’s rating shoot up by 4 points in Mindanao and stayed “very good” in Balance Luzon and Visayas. On the other hand, the Metro Manila satisfaction rating dropped from “very good” to “good”.

Classes A, B, and C’s rating rose up from “very good” to “excellent” while it stayed at “very good” in class D and E.

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The citizens interviewed were also asked to rate their satisfaction in several subjects. The administration’s rating rose from “moderate” to “very good” on promoting human women’s rights, however, it went from “moderate” to “good” at ensuring that no family will ever be hungry, and from “very good” to “good” on fighting terrorism and protecting human rights.

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The survey was made up of 1,200 respondents.

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“‘Pag ganito, wala akong silbi.” Pres. Rodrigo Duterte disheartened by SWS survey results

“‘Pag ganito, wala akong silbi.” Pres. Rodrigo Duterte disheartened by SWS survey results

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  • President Rodrigo Duterte expressed his dismay upon the results of the recent SWS survey
  • The president also stated that the local executives should take part in improving the state of their areas when it comes to crime rates

Last June 26, the recent Social Weather Stations or SWS survey on crime victimization showed 1.5 million families falling victim to common crimes.

Upon the results of the survey, President Rodrigo Duterte expressed his dismay in his speech in Zamboanga del Sur.

He stated that if it continues to be like that, he’ll encourage the thousands of newly elected barangay captains to join him as he resigns.

“‘Pag ganito, wala akong silbi. I’ll ask you to join me, mag-resign na lang tayo,”

This is the president’s third time of mentioning the First Quarter 2018 Social Weather Survey. He first spoke about the mentioned survey last June 22, and then again in a speech on June 25.

The president’s take on the results contradicted the statement of Presidential Spokesperson Harry Roque who said last June 21 that the number of reported victimization dropped from the results last December 2017.

“We welcome the latest Social Weather Stations survey showing 6.6% of families reporting victimization by any of the crimes within the past 6 months – down from December 2017’s 7.6%,”

Duterte, at least in his speech, chose not to focus on the drop but on the fact that 6.6% families – or 1.5 million families – fell victim to crimes.

The president said that local executives must take part in getting rid of the crimes and drugs in their areas.

“Their conclusion is, people are usually afraid to go out at night or to walk the streets because of the crime…So how do we deal with this problem?” 

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New SWS Poll suggests Duterte is better than PNoy

New SWS Poll suggests Duterte is better than PNoy

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  • Did Duterte perform better than PNoy?
  • President Rodrigo Duterte outweighs former President Noynoy in recent SWS Poll

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In a report delivered by ‘Dobol B sa News TV’ on Monday, a new Social Weather Stations survey has revealed President Rodrigo Duterte is better than the former President Benigno Aquino III.

According to the poll that answered the question “Kung ikukumpara ang pagganap ni Pangulong Rodrigo Duterte sa kanyang tungkulin mula Hulyo 2016 sa pagkaganap ni dating Pangulong Aquino mula Hulyo 2010 hanggang Hulyo 2016, masasabi n’yo ba na PRRD is better, the same, PNoy is better?”, 70 percent of the total respondents believed Duterte outdid Aquino based in performance.

Only eight percent thought Aquino was better. On the other hand, 22 percent said that the two performed just the same.

The survey was conducted from December 8 to December 16, 2017. Results showed that Duterte attained the ‘highest approval from those surveyed in Metro Manila’ at 73 percent.

In Luzon, he got 63 percent approval rate, while in Visayas and Mindanao, he got 64 and 86 percent respectively.

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How Well Did Duterte Do In The Latest Public Satisfaction Survey Results?

How Well Did Duterte Do In The Latest Public Satisfaction Survey Results?

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  • Duterte peaked at the latest Social Weather Stations Survey
  • Martial Law affected Duterte’s satisfaction ratings

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Latest Public Satisfaction Peak Duterte
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Marking his first year in the office with a bang is Mr. President Rodrigo “Digong” Duterte. He just set a ‘fresh’ personal record-high net satisfaction results in the recently concluded Social Weather Stations’ (SWS) annual survey. Visayas and Luzon areas keep the president on track and offset a major downfall in Mindanao.

As conducted on June 23-26, SWS interviews people all over the country to gather satisfaction ratings. Totaling to 1,200 adults with sampling error margin of ±3 points for national percentages, and ±6 points each for Metro Manila, Luzon, and Mindanao. The recent ratings bring you 78% satisfied, 10% undecided, and 12% dissatisfied. By this, we can really tell that he is emerging from the boiling water he had been through a couple of months ago. In a study and report from Business World, the ratings conclude:

“That yielded a net satisfaction rating of +66 (% satisfied minus % dissatisfied), classified as “very good” and marking a new personal record high though just three points more than the March survey’s +63 (75% satisfied against 12% dissatisfied).

SWS classifies net satisfaction ratings of at least +70 as “excellent”; +50 to +69 as “very good”; +30 to +49, “good”; +10 to +29, “moderate”; +9 to -9, “neutral”; -10 to -29, “poor”; -30 to -49, “bad”; -50 to -69, “very bad”; and -70 and below as “execrable.”

Mr. Duterte’s net satisfaction rating rose by one grade and 11 points to an “excellent” +73 (83% satisfied, 10% dissatisfied) in the Visayas from +62 (75% satisfied, 12% dissatisfied, rounded off) in the March survey.

It stayed “very good” in “Balance Luzon”, rising seven points to +58 (73% satisfied, 15% dissatisfied) from +51 (68% satisfied, 17% dissatisfied).

Net rating in Mindanao dropped 12 points — although it stayed “excellent” — to +75 (83% satisfied, 8% dissatisfied) from +87 (89% satisfied, 3% dissatisfied, rounded off).”

Influence of Martial Law

Latest Public Satisfaction Peak Duterte
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In a statement released by Presidential Spokesperson Ernesto C. Abella, he said that the survey was conducted during the time Martial Law in Marawi is currently being implemented. However, the finding shows that majority of the public actually support his decision.

Moreover, according to the University of Santo Tomas PolSci professor, Edmund Tayao, the results were just a reflection of how the people responded to martial law. “The 12% drop [in Mindanao] could be a mixed reaction, not only to the declaration of martial law but also to how the President has been expected to bring so many of his promises in Mindanao,” he details. “Those in Mindanao expect more from the President compared to those in Luzon and Visayas,” he added.

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