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SWS: 45% said quality of life unchanged; 30% improved

by Kiko Cueto

THE Social Weather Stations (SWS) said that based on their survey some forty-five percent of Filipinos expressed belief their quality of life is  unchanged in the last 12 months.

The survey, held from December 8 to December 11, 2023, likewise showed that 30% of Filipinos believed that their quality of life improved, and 25% said it got worse.

The SWS explained that those who believe their lives improved are “gainers,” as those worsened are “losers.”

They added that the the survey gave a “high” net gainers score of +5, to which is seven points higher than the -2 in September 2023, but six points below the very high +11 in June 2023.

“The Net Gainers score was generally negative until 2015, when it rose to positive numbers until the drastic deterioration [began] with the COVID-19 pandemic lockdowns. It has since trended back upwards but has not fully recovered to pre-pandemic levels,” the SWS said.

They survey said that the net gainers score is likewise higher among non-hungry families than hungry families.

It said net gainers were at a high of +7 among non-hungry families, an increase from -1 in September 2023. Meanwhile, it was at a mediocre -11 among moderately hungry families and a low -26 among severely hungry families.

Results also showed that net gainers increased from a fair -9 in September to a very high +16 in Metro Manila. Net gainers also rose from a fair -7 to a high +4 in Visayas.

It stayed high in Balance Luzon and fair in Mindanao.



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