SWS: More than quarter of Filipinos feel quality of life worsened

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Children play in Baseco, one of the biggest slums in Manila on August 15, 2022. A Social Weather Stations (SWS) survey found that 31% of Filipinos felt that the quality of their lives has worsened in the past year. (Photo by JAM STA ROSA / AFP via Getty Images)
Children play in Baseco, one of the biggest slums in Manila on August 15, 2022. A Social Weather Stations (SWS) survey found that 31% of Filipinos felt that the quality of their lives has worsened in the past year. (Photo by JAM STA ROSA / AFP via Getty Images)

A Social Weather Station (SWS) survey found that more than 30% of adult Filipinos found that their quality of life has worsened in the past year.

According to the survey released on Wednesday (September 14) and conducted from June 26 to 29, “losers” refer to respondents whose lives worsened, while “gainers” were used to referring to those who believed their lives improved, and those whose lives remained the same were “unchanged.”

The survey found that a total of 31% were “losers,” 29% are “gainers,” and 39% were “unchanged.”

Meanwhile, it also showed a -2 Net Gainer score, the same as the April 2022 survey.

“The net gainer score was generally negative until 2015 when it rose to positive numbers until the drastic deterioration beginning with the COVID-19 pandemic lockdowns,” the survey said.

Luzon and Metro Manila recorded the highest amount of Net Gainers and were classified as “high,” while Mindanao was classified as “fair,” and the Visayas as “mediocre.”

Although the survey said that the country’s Net Gainer score has improved since when it dropped to a low -78 in May of 2020 during the height of the pandemic in the country, which could mean that since then, the perception of Filipinos on the quality of their lives have gotten better, although it is still a long way to go before it returns to the pre-pandemic levels.

Another SWS study released in August showed that 12.2 million Filipino families consider themselves poor, with 48% rating themselves as “poor,” 31% saying they’re “borderline poor,” and 21% rating themselves as “not poor.”

The Filipinos who rated themselves as poor rose in all regions.

“Of the 12.2 million estimated number of self-rated poor families in June 2022, 2.2 million were newly poor, 1.6 million were usually poor, and 8.4 million were always poor,” the said survey found.

Marvin Joseph Ang is a news and creative writer who follows developments on politics, democracy, and popular culture. He advocates for a free press and national democracy. Follow him on Twitter at @marvs30ang for latest news and updates. The views expressed are his own.

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