12.2 million Filipinos jobless in Q1 2021 — SWS survey

Robie de Guzman   •   June 17, 2021   •   1509

MANILA, Philippines — An estimated 12.2 million adult Filipinos were unemployed during the first quarter of the year, the latest survey by the Social Weather Stations (SWS) released on Thursday showed.

The SWS said the figure is equivalent to 25.8 percent of the adult labor force, which is 1.5 points down from the 27.3 percent or 12.7 million recorded in November 2020.

The pollster, however, noted that the latest figure is still 8.3 percent higher than the pre-pandemic level of 17.5 percent in December 2019.



The SWS defines the labor force as adults aged 18 and above, presently with a job plus those looking for a job.

The jobless, on the other hand, consist of those who voluntarily left their old jobs, are seeking jobs for the first time or lost their jobs due to economic circumstances beyond their control.

The SWS survey revealed that joblessness declined in Metro Manila and Balance Luzon but rose in the Visayas and Mindanao.



Joblessness in Metro Manila fell from 37.8 percent in November 2020 to 30.8 percent in May 2021; from 32.7 percent in Balance Luzon to 24.2 percent in the same period.

In Visayas, joblessness rose to 28.7 percent in May 2021 from 19.1 percent in November last year. It also increased in Mindanao, from 17 percent to 23 percent in the same period.

“The 1.5-point decline in the national joblessness rate was due to decreases of 9 points in Balance Luzon and 7 points in Metro Manila, offset by increases of 10 points in the Visayas and 6 points in Mindanao,” the SWS said.

The May 2021 survey also found the Labor Force Participation Rate, or the number of adults in the labor force, at 67 percent, or an estimated 47.5 million Filipinos.

The SWS survey was conducted from April 28 to May 2 using face-to-face interviews of 1,200 respondents.

Palace welcomes Duterte’s latest satisfaction rating

Robie de Guzman   •   September 24, 2021

MANILA, Philippines – Malacañang on Friday welcomed the result of the latest Social Weather Stations (SWS) survey showing President Rodrigo Dutertet’s net satisfaction rating of 62 percent.

In a statement, Presidential Spokesperson Harry Roque said Duterte’s latest rating remains way ahead of his predecessors during the same period.

“We consider this high satisfaction rating unprecedented as comparable data from previous presidents indicate this is the highest net satisfaction rating of the beginning of a Chief Executive’s final year in office,” he said.

Roque noted that the late former President Benigno Aquino III scored 30 percent satisfaction rating a year before he finished his term in June 2015, while President Gloria Macapagal Arroyo had -31 percent a year before she stepped down in June 2009.

He also said that President Fidel Ramos got 49 percent while President Corazon Aquino’s rating only reached 24 percent in April 1991.

“Rest assured that President Duterte will continue to exercise decisive and compassionate leadership until the remainder of his term to serve and protect the interest and welfare of all Filipinos,” Roque said.

According to the SWS, Duterte’s satisfaction rating was the highest in November 2020 with 79 percent but dipped to 65 percent in May 2021 and then to 62 percent in June 2021 amid the COVID-19 crisis.

Duterte’s net satisfaction rating dips to 62% based on recent SWS survey

Aileen Cerrudo   •   September 24, 2021

MANILA, Philippines—The recent net satisfaction rating of President Rodrigo Duterte dropped to +62, based on the recent Social Weather Stations (SWS) survey.

Results of the June 2021 survey showed that the president’s rating dropped to +62, which is a 17-point drop from a peak of +79 in the November 2020 survey.

In the May 2021 poll, Duterte got a net satisfaction rate of +65. The SWS released the three results on Thursday (September 23).

The June 2021 survey showed that 75% of the respondents said they were“very/somewhat satisfied” with the president’s performance, 13% indicated that they were “very/somewhat dissatisfied”, while 12% are undecided.

In the May 2021 survey, meanwhile, Duterte received a net satisfaction rate of +65, where 75% of the respondents were “very/somewhat satisfied”, 10% were “very/somewhat dissatisfied”, and 15% were undecided on the matter.

The president got a high rating in November 2020 with +79 rating,  51% of the respondents said they were “very satisfied,” 33% were “somewhat satisfied,” while 9% were “undecided,” 4% were “somewhat dissatisfied,” and 2% were “very dissatisfied.”

Despite the dip in rating, SWS fellow Geoffrey Ducanes said respondents in the recent survey were satisfied with the government’s response to the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) pandemic.

“Most people don’t think the government mismanaged the pandemic. They actually gave the government relatively high rating in terms of taking care of those who got COVID-19 and also relatively high rating in terms of vaccination,” he said.

Meanwhile, the delay in the results release, according to Ducanes was due to the COVID-19 pandemic where the agency had to conduct phone interviews. AAC (with reports from Lucille Lloren) 


48% Filipino families feel poor — SWS June 2021 survey

Aileen Cerrudo   •   July 26, 2021

MANILA, Philippines — The June 2021 national Social Weather Survey found that 48% of Filipino families rate themselves as Poor.

The result of the SWS survey further showed that 23% rate themselves as Not Poor, and 29% placed themselves on the borderline dividing the two categories, SWS classified them as Borderline Poor.

In May 2021, the SWS reported 49% of Filipino families rated themselves as poor 17% felt not poor, and 33% felt borderline poor.

In Metro Manila, the Self-Rated Poor, Borderline-Poor, and Not Poor are 43%, 19%, and 38%, respectively.

In Luzon outside Metro Manila, the respondents rated themselves as Poor (38%), Borderline Poor (28%), and Not Poor (34%).

In the Visayas, the Self-Rated Poor, Borderline Poor, and Not Poor are 70%, 24%, and 7% of families, respectively.

In Mindanao, more than half (51%) made a self-rate as Poor, 42% saw themselves as Borderline Poor, and 7% as Not Poor.

The Second Quarter 2021 Social Weather Survey was conducted from June 23 to 26, 2021, using face-to-face interviews of 1,200 adults, ages 18 years old and above, nationwide. AAC


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