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SWS: More Filipinos consider selves poor, self-rated poverty highest in 5 years

MANILA, Philippines – At least 54 percent of Filipinos are considering themselves as poor, according to a survey from Social Weather Stations (SWS).

SWS said on Thursday that this self-rated poverty (SRP) ratings, obtained through a survey of 1,200 adults from December 13 to 16, 2019, are the highest recorded results under President Rodrigo Duterte’s administration and since a 54 percent last September 2014.

This translates to 13.1 million families who self-rated themselves as poor — a big jump from the 10.3 million in September 2019.  However, the annual self-poverty rating averages decreased, from 48 percent in 2018 to 45 percent in 2019.

In addition to this, SWS noted that seven percent of the families are considered “newly poor.”

“The December 2019 survey found that of the 54 percent Self-Rated Poor families, 7 percent used to be non-poor 1-4 years ago (Newly Poor), and another 7 percent used to be non-poor five or more years ago (Usually Poor),” SWS said.

“The remaining 40% have never experienced being non-poor (Always Poor),” they added.

Most of the people who rated themselves poor are in the Visayas (67 percent), followed by Mindanao (64 percent), Balance Luzon (47 percent), and Metro Manila (41 percent).

Meanwhile, the self-rated food poor (SRFP) rate also rose by six points, up to 35 percent in December 2019 from just 29 percent in September 2019 — or an estimated 8.6 million in December and 7.1 million in September.

Similarly, the annual SRFP average is also down, from 33 percent in 2018 to 31 percent in 2019.  A lot of the respondents who said that they are food-poor came from Mindanao (50 percent) Visayas (46 percent), Metro Manila (27 percent), and Balance Luzon (25 percent).

The survey results were obtained using face-to-face interviews with respondents, distributed into 300 per each local (Metro Manila, Balance Luzon, Visayas, and Mindanao).  SWS maintains sampling error margins of ±3% for national percentages, and ±6% each for Metro Manila, Balance Luzon, Visayas, and Mindanao.

SWS said they asked respondents to classify their families, both in self-rated poverty and self-rated food poverty, according to choices, namely “hindi mahirap (not poor),”sa linya (on the line), and mahirap (poor).


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    Did SWS try to find out how many cell/smartphones are owned by those who consider themselves as poor?

    MANILA, Philippines – At least 54 percent of Filipinos are considering themselves as poor, according to a survey from Social Weather Stations (SWS).
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    The poll, taken from Dec. 13 to 16, 2019, showed 82 percent of adult Filipinos satisfied and 10 percent dissatisfied with the performance of Duterte.
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    SWS: Duterte satisfaction rating hits record high

    Helen Flores (The Philippine Star) - January 22, 2020 - 12:00am

    MANILA, Philippines — President Duterte’s net satisfaction rating hit a new record high in the fourth quarter of last year, registering an “excellent” +72, according to a survey conducted by the Social Weather Stations (SWS).

    The poll, taken from Dec. 13 to 16, 2019, showed 82 percent of adult Filipinos satisfied and 10 percent dissatisfied with the performance of Duterte.

    The remaining eight percent were undecided about the matter.

    His latest net satisfaction rating was seven points above the very good +65 registered in September 2019, and a new personal record that surpassed the previous record of “very good” +68 in June 2019.

    Public satisfaction with Duterte rose in almost all geographical areas, the SWS said. 

    His net satisfaction hit a new record +66 in balance Luzon in December 2019, up by 12 points from +54 in September 2019. Both ratings are considered “very good.”

    It stayed excellent in the Visayas, at a new record +79 in December, up from +75 in September. 

    It remained very good +66 in Metro Manila from September 2019 to December 2019.

    By socio-economic class, Duterte’s net satisfaction rating rose from very good to excellent among class E, at +71 in December 2019 from +57 in September 2019. 

    It also improved from very good to excellent in class D or the masa, at +72 in December from +66 in September.

    It stayed excellent in class ABC, at +76 in December, up by six points from +70 in September. 

    The December 2019 survey also found 52 percent of adult Filipinos who expect the President to fulfill “all or nearly all/most” of his promises.

    It showed 72 percent of Filipinos who said they are worried about Duterte’s health.

    This was similar to June 2019 when 74 percent were worried about the President’s health. 

    Those worried about Duterte’s health remained high in Mindanao at 77 percent, followed by the Visayas at 75 percent, Metro Manila at 73 percent and balance Luzon at 69 percent. 

    The survey used face-to-face interviews of 1,200 adults, 18 years old and above, nationwide.

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    Filipinos ‘most worried’ of China’s power in SEA

    China’s growing political and economic influence in Southeast Asia (SEA) has become a major concern in the region, but nowhere is that unease stronger than in the Philippines, according to a recent survey of officials, academics and other professionals in SEA.

    The survey, titled “The State of Southeast Asia’’ and conducted by the Singaporean think-tank ISEAS-Yusof Ishak Institute’s Asean Studies Center, sought to understand the perceptions of Southeast Asians on regional affairs, as well as on the engagements of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (Asean) with its dialogue partners.

    Of the 1,308 respondents in 10 countries, nearly 80 percent identified China as the most influential economic power in the region, up from 73.3 percent the previous year.

    But though China’s influence is deeply felt, it was not well received by those countries that recognized its power, with the biggest distrust felt in the Philippines, Vietnam and Thailand.

    Both the Philippines and Vietnam have a long-running conflict with Beijing over disputed territories in the South China Sea.

    Beijing was also seen as the most influential political and strategic power in the region, but majority of those who recognized its power also expressed worry over its growing influence.

    Majority of Filipino respondents expressed the same concern over China’s growing influence, with 87.8 percent expressing their unease.

    Over 82 percent of Filipino respondents who identified China as the most influential economic power also said that they were “worried” over its rising influence, higher than the region’s average at 71.9 percent.

    The survey, conducted from November to December last year, also showed waning confidence in the United States, under the Trump administration, as a strategic partner and provider of regional security.

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    SWS: Poverty hits record high in 4th quarter

    The number of Filipinos who consider themselves poor increased in the fourth quarter of 2019, a record high since President Duterte took office, results of the latest Social Weather Stations (SWS) survey showed. Self-rated poverty among Filipinos rose by 12 percent from 42 percent in September last year to 54 percent in December, the highest recorded self-rated poverty since the 55 percent in September 2014.

    The survey, conducted from Dec. 13 to 16 last year, found that the estimated number of self-rated poor families rose from 10.3 million in September to 13.1 million in December.

    Self-rated poverty increased across all areas. Families that rated themselves poor rose to 41 percent from the previous quarter’s 25 percent in Metro Manila; 47 percent from 34 percent in Luzon outside Metro Manila; 64 percent from 53 percent in Mindanao; and 67 percent from 59 percent in the Visayas.

    Out of the 54 percent self-rated poor families, 7 percent are “newly poor” or were not poor a few years ago, another 7 percent are “usually poor” or were not poor five or more years ago. The remaining 40 percent are “always poor,” those who have always been poor.This translates to 1.6 million “newly poor” families, 1.8 million “usually poor,” and 9.7 million “always poor.”

    Also ‘food-poor’

    The SWS also found that 35 percent of Filipino families consider themselves “food-poor,” up by six points from the 29 percent “food-poor” in September. The food poverty ratings also increased in all areas. Filipinos who rated themselves food-poor rose to 50 percent from the previous quarter’s 36 percent in Mindanao; 46 percent from 42 percent in the Visayas; 27 percent from 16 percent in Metro Manila; and 25 percent from 24 percent in Luzon outside Metro Manila.

    The full-year self-rated poverty averaged 45 percent in 2019, three points down from 48 percent in 2018, while the full-year self-rated food poverty averaged 31 percent last year, two points down from 33 percent in 2018.The noncommissioned survey conducted face-to-face interviews with 1,200 adults and had a margin of error of plus-or-minus 3 percent for national percentages, and plus-or-minus 6 percent each for Metro Manila, Balance of Luzon, the Visayas and Mindanao.

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    More Filipino families go hungry amid COVID-19 crisis – SWS

    MANILA - More Filipino families experienced hunger in the past 3 months, according to a Social Weather Stations (SWS) survey released Thursday, as the coronavirus crisis raged across the country and brought economic activities to a standstill.

    The May 4 to 10 poll found that 16.7 percent of respondents went hungry due to lack of available food, which translates to around 4.2 million families nationwide.

    The latest figure is the sum of 13.9 percent or 3.5 million families who experienced “moderate hunger” and 2.8 percent or nearly 700,000 families who experienced “severe hunger.”

    “This is nearly double the 8.8 percent (est. 2.1 million families) in December 2019, and the highest since the 22.0 percent (est. 4.8 million families) in September 2014,” SWS said in a statement.

    The pollster defined "moderate hunger" as experiencing hunger "only once" or "a few times" in the last 3 months, while "severe hunger" refers to experiencing it "often" or "always."

    According to the survey, the hunger rate doubled in Metro Manila and Balance Luzon while the Visayas and Mindanao also experienced a rise in hunger.

    Metro Manila, the epicenter of the COVID-19 outbreak, appeared to suffer the brunt of the crisis. From 9.3 percent or 307,000 families, the hunger rate in the Philippine capital rose to 20.8 percent or 693,000 families.

    Hunger also went up in Balance Luzon to 12.6 percent or 1.4 million families from 6.3 percent or 688,000 families in the December 2019 survey.

    In the Visayas, some 14.6 percent or 685,000 families missed meals while 24.2 percent or 1.4 million families went hungry in Mindanao.

    The SWS noted that 99 percent of the families surveyed nationwide have received assistance from the government.

    Due to lockdown restrictions, the poll was conducted using mobile phone and computer-assisted telephone interviews with 4,010 respondents. It has a margin of error of plus-minus 2 percent for national figures.

    Like most countries, the Philippine government imposed lockdown rules, which had taken root for 2 months, to rein in the spread of COVID-19.

    Since emerging in Wuhan City in Hubei province, China in December, the novel coronavirus has sickened 13,434 people in the Philippines, whom 846 died while 3,000 survived

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