MANILA – Some 36 percent of adult Filipinos said their lives improved in the last 12 months while 22 percent said it worsened, a Social Weather Stations survey released Thursday showed.
The survey conducted last June 22 to June 26 showed a “very high” net gainers score (or the percent of gainers minus the percent of losers) at +13 percent, SWS said in a statement.
Although very high in three consecutive quarters, the June score was 4 points lower compared to last +17 March, it said. Net gainers score fell in Luzon and Mindanao and among all classes of society, the SWS said.
“The 4-point decline in the national Net Gainers score in June 2019 was due to decreases in all areas except the Visayas,” SWS said.
The net personal optimists score, which refers to expectations in personal quality of life, also remained “excellent” after 46 percent of respondents said they were expecting the quality of life to improve in the next 12 months while only 4 percent pessimists were expecting it to get worse, the survey showed.
However, the net personal optimists score of +42 is 5 points lower compared to March’s +47. It also rose only in Metro manila and fell among all classes especially the ABC, the SWS said.
Net personal optimism only rose in Metro Manila and fell among all economic classes, the SWS said.
The Net Economic Optimists score, which refers to expectations about the general Philippine economy, is still “excellent” despite falling 2 points to +33 this June from +35 in March, SWS said.
By area, net economic optimists only rose in the Visayas but it was up among all economic classes except class D.
The survey also found out that net gainers score, or those saying their lives improved, is inversely related to the number of completed years of education, with the more educated respondents being the greater percentage of gainers.
College graduates registered the highest net gainers score, followed by high school graduates, elementary graduates and those who weren’t able to finish grade school, the SWS said.
Net gainers score is also significantly lower among individuals belonging to poor households, the survey showed.