60% of Filipinos say PH gov’t should allow UN probe on drug slays – SWS

Robie de Guzman   •   July 23, 2019   •   1847

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MANILA, Philippines – Sixty percent of Filipinos believe that the Philippine government should not block the investigation into the killings related to President Rodrigo Duterte’s war on drugs, a survey conducted by the Social Weather Stations (SWS) revealed on Monday (July 22).

The survey, conducted from Jun 22 to 26, showed that 26 percent of the 1,200 respondents strongly agree with the statement that, “the government should not block the investigation of international groups, like the United Nations, into the killing by the Philippine police of so many drug suspects who supposedly fought back.”

Thirty-four percent somewhat agreed to the statement; 15 percent disagreed, while 25 percent were undecided.

The SWS said the net agreements in both rural and urban areas, at +46 and +44 respectively, were classified as “very strong.”

The SWS said the net agreement is equal to the percentages of those who agreed minus those who disagreed.

It classifies a score of +50 and above as “extremely strong, and +30 to +49 as “very strong”.

Mindanao recorded an “extremely strong” +50 net agreement, followed by very strong net scores in Balance Luzon at +45, Metro Manila at +43, and the Visayas at +42, the agency said.

The pollster further said the net agreement was highest in class D or the “masa” at +46, followed by class E at +45, and class ABC at +37. It was also very strong among both women and men, at +47 and +44, respectively.

By age group, net agreement on the statement was highest among 35 to 44-year olds and 18 to 24-year olds, at extremely strong levels of +52 and +50, respectively, the SWS said.

This was followed by very strong scores among 25 to 34-year olds at +48; 55-year olds and above at +45, and 45 to 54-year olds at +31.

The SWS said the June 2019 Social Weather Survey has sampling error margins of ±3 percent for national percentages, and ±6 percent each for Metro Manila, Balance Luzon, the Visayas, and Mindanao.

The survey follows reports earlier this month about the move of the United Nations Human Rights Council (UNHRC) to adopt a resolution led by Iceland seeking a comprehensive report on the human rights situation in the Philippines amid Duterte’s campaign against illegal drugs.

Malacañang earlier said the adoption of the ‘grotesquely one-sided’ resolution is an insult to the majority of Filipinos who expressed satisfaction on the kind of “forceful and effective” governance of Duterte.

READ: Palace slams UN resolution as ‘grotesquely one-sided’ and ‘insulting’

Foreign Affairs Secretary Teodoro Locsin also rejected the Iceland-led resolution and warned of “far-reaching consequences” for nations who supported the resolution.

Iceland, on the other hand, expressed hope that the Philippines will cooperate with the U.N. investigation.

Adult unemployment hits record-high 45.5% in July—SWS

Aileen Cerrudo   •   August 17, 2020

Adult unemployment rate in the country hit a record-high of 45.5 percent in July which is an estimate of 27.3 million unemployed Filipino adults, according to a recent survey of the Social Weather Stations (SWS).

Based on the July 3 to 6 National Mobile Phone Survey, this is a 28-point increase from the December 2019 record of 17.5 percent and a new record-high since March 2012 where adult joblessness peaked at 34.3 percent. 

The SWS survey also showed that one out of five Filipinos lost their job during the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) pandemic.

“The survey found that one out of five (21%) adult Filipinos – or half of the 42% with no job/livelihood at the time of the interview – lost their job/livelihood during the Covid-19 crisis. The other 21% lost their job/livelihood before the crisis. The rest either have a job/livelihood at the time of the interview (47%) or never had a job/livelihood before (11%),” the SWS said.

The agency defines an adult as unemployed if they voluntarily left their old jobs, are seeking a job for the first time, or lost their job due to economic circumstances beyond their control.

The SWS July 3-6, 2020 National Mobile Phone Survey was a probability-based survey conducted using mobile phone and computer-assisted telephone interviewing (CATI) of 1,555 adult Filipinos ages 18 years old and above nationwide. AAC

Hunger among families climbs to 20.9% in the past 3 months—SWS

Aileen Cerrudo   •   July 23, 2020

About 20.9%, , or an estimated 5.2 million Filipinos families experienced ‘involuntary hunger’ at least once in the past three months, according to the recent survey of the Social Weather Stations (SWS).

“Hunger in July 2020 was up by 4.2 points from 16.7% in May 2020, and by a total of 12.1 points from 8.8% in December 2019,” the SWS stated.

The SWS July 3-6, 2020 National Mobile Phone Survey showed that out of the 20.9% Filipino families, 15.8% or an estimate of 3.9 million families experienced ‘moderate hunger’. Meanwhile, the remaining 5.1% or an estimate of 1.3 million families experienced ‘severe hunger’.

The SWS defined “moderate hunger” as those who experienced hunger “only once” or “a few times” in the last three months. Meanwhile, severe hunger refers to those who experienced it “often” or “always” in the last three months.

The SWS July 3-6, 2020 National Mobile Phone Survey was a probability-based survey conducted using mobile phone and computer-assisted telephone interviews (CATI) of 1,555 adult Filipinos. AAC

85% of Filipinos still worried about catching COVID-19

Aileen Cerrudo   •   July 23, 2020

A recent survey of the Social Weather Stations (SWS) showed 85 percent of adult Filipinos are worried about catching the coronavirus disease (COVID-19).

The National Mobile Phone Survey conducted from July 3-6, found that 85 percent of adult Filipinos are “worried”; eight percent are “worried a little”, and seven percent are “not worried” that anyone in their immediate family might catch Covid-19.

“Compared to past SWS surveys, worry about catching the COVID-19 is greater than worries about catching previous viruses such as Ebola, Swine Flu, Bird Flu, and Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome (SARS),” the SWS said.

Worry level about catching the COVID-19 is highest in Metro Manila at 92 percent, followed by Balance Luzon at 87 percent. Worry level in Visayas is at 85 percent while Mindanao is at 77 percent.

The survey was conducted from July 3-6 using mobile phone and computer-assisted telephone interviews (CATI) with 1,555 adult Filipinos, ages 18 years old and above. AAC

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