MANILA (UPDATE) - Three in 10 Filipinos believed their personal quality of life improved in the past 12 months, while there were fewer who said they felt declines, a Social Weather Stations survey released Friday showed.
The number of Filipinos who felt improvements in their personal quality of living slightly increased to 38 percent this quarter from 37 percent in December 2018, SWS said.
Twenty-one percent of the 1,440 adult respondents said they felt that they had less in life in the past 12 months, a 4-percentage point drop from last quarter's 25 percent.
Half of the respondents said they were optimistic that their personal quality of life in the Philippines would improve in the next 12 months, while 4 percent were not so optimistic, the survey showed.
Forty-five percent of respondents were hopeful that the Philippine economy would improve in the next 12 months, while 10 percent believe it would worsen, SWS said.
More than half of respondents who had optimistic outlooks came from Luzon (52 percent), followed by Mindanaoans (47 percent), and Metro Manila residents (42 percent).
Only 37 percent of respondents from Visayas were optimistic about their personal quality of lives.
The study was conducted from March 28 to 31, with error margins of +/- 2.6 percent.
Malacañang said Friday the survey results were a "wake-up call" to critics of President Rodrigo Duterte who "continuously and deliberately ignore our achievements which redound to the benefit of the Filipino masses."
"These results once again emphasize that our people see and appreciate the President’s tireless efforts to improve and bring about genuine and positive change to the nation," Presidential Spokesman Salvador Panelo said in a statement.
"With a great majority of administration candidates overwhelmingly voted by our people to continue supporting the advocacies of the President, the current government, fueled by the optimism of the Filipino people, would work double time to improve on the significant gains of the past three years during the remainder of PRRD's term as Chief Executive."