More Filipinos go hungry in Q2 this year – SWS

Robie de Guzman   •   July 23, 2019   •   591

Courtesy: Cerilo Ebrano/PVI-PRESS

MANILA, Philippines – The number of Filipino families who experienced hunger slightly went up in the second quarter of the year, a survey conducted by the Social Weather Stations (SWS) revealed Monday (July 22).

In the nationwide survey conducted from June 22 to 26, the SWS found that 10 percent or an estimated 2.5 million families experienced involuntary hunger at least once in the past three months.

The pollster said this figure is slightly higher than the 9.5 percent or an estimated 2.3 million Filipinos recorded in March 2019.

The measure of Hunger refers to involuntary suffering since the survey question specifies that the hunger experienced was due to lack of food to eat.

The SWS said the 10 percent nationwide quarterly hunger rate in June is the sum of 8.7 percent or an estimated 2.1 million families who experienced moderate hunger, and 1.3 percent or an estimated 320,000 families who experienced severe hunger.

Moderate hunger refers to those who experienced hunger only once or “a few times” in the last three months, while severe hunger refers to those who experienced it “often” or “always” in the last three months.

The SWS noted that the rise in the nationwide Hunger rate comes after a decrease of 3.8 percentage points within the previous three quarters.

From 13.3 percent or an estimated 3.1 million families in September 2018, it subsided to 10.5 percent in December, and then to 9.5 percent in March 2019.

The pollster, however, said the increase happened only among the self-rated poor and self-rated food poor families.

Self-Rated Poverty measures the proportion of respondents rating their family as poor, while Self-Rated Food Poverty refers to respondents rating the food their family eats as poor.

Among self-rated poor families, the Hunger rate went up by 4.3 points, from 11.9 percent in March (estimated 1.1 million families) in March, to 16.2 percent (estimated 1.8 million families) in June.

In contrast, it went down by 3 points among self-rated non-poor families, from 7.9% in March, to 4.9% in June.

While among self-rated food poor families, it went up from 14.2 percent (estimated 959,000 million families) in March, to 17.3 percent (estimated 1.5 million families) in June.

It went down by 1.6 points among self-rated non-food poor families from 7.7 percent in March, to 6.1 percent in June.

The SWS said that by area, the nationwide quarterly Hunger incidence of 10% consists of 15.7 percent in Metro Manila, 9.3 percent in Balance Luzon, 8.7 percent in the Visayas, and 9.0 percent in Mindanao.

The SWS June 2019 survey, conducted with 1,200 respondents, has sampling error margins of ±3% for national percentages, and ±6% each for Metro Manila, Balance Luzon, the Visayas, and Mindanao.

SWS: 95% of Pinoys are proud when PH does well at int’l sports competition

Aileen Cerrudo   •   December 13, 2019

A recent survey of the Social Weather Stations (SWS) showed that a very large majority of Filipinos are proud when the Philippines does well in international sports competitions.

According to the Third Quarter 2019 Social Weather Survey conducted on September 27-30, out of the 95% proud Filipinos, 79% say they are very proud and 17% are somewhat proud.

Only 3% do not feel proud – 2% not very proud and 1% not proud at all.

The SWS survey also showed that there are more Filipinos now who take pride when the country does well in international sports than in 2008.

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“In 2008, there were 74% who were very proud and 19% somewhat proud, for a total of 93% who were proud of the country’s achievements in international sports. Those who feel very proud increased by five points, from 74% in 2008 to 79% in 2019,” the survey reads.

Based on the data from the International Social Survey Program’s survey modules on national identity in 1995, 2003 and 2013, the Philippines’ achievements in sports is the top source of pride among Filipinos, along with the country’s history and  achievements in arts and literature.—AAC

SWS: 70% of Pinoys worry about rising number of Chinese workers in PH

Aileen Cerrudo   •   December 6, 2019

Seventy percent of Pinoys are worried about the rising number of foreign Chinese workers in the Philippines, according to the Social Weather Stations (SWS) survey.

Based on the Third Quarter 2019 Social Weather Survey, conducted from September 27-30, 2019, seventy percent of Filipinos are worried about the rising number of Chinese workers. Thirty one percent said they were “worried a great deal” while 39% said they were “somewhat worried”.

The September 2019 survey fielded three questions to 1,800 adults who are 18 years old and above. They were asked the following questions:

1) “How many are the foreign Chinese working in your locality?”,

2) “How worried are you about the increasing number of foreign Chinese working here in the Philippines?”, and

3) “How much do you agree or disagree with this statement: ‘The increasing number of foreign Chinese working here in the Philippines is a threat to the country’s overall security.’”

Based on the survey results, 52% of Filipinos consider the rising number of Chinese workers in the country as a threat to the country’s security.

The survey found that 27% strongly agree and 25% somewhat agree.

Meanwhile, 14% somewhat disagree and 13% strongly disagree.

Twenty-one percent are undecided about the rising number of Chinese workers in the country being a threat to the country’s security.—AAC

SWS: Pinoys’ trust in China falls to ‘bad’, remains ‘excellent’ in US

Aileen Cerrudo   •   November 21, 2019

The Filipinos’ trust in China has fallen from ‘poor’ to ‘bad’, based on the third quarter 2019 Social Weather Survey (SWS).

The net trust for China fell by 9 points from -24 in June 2019 to -33 in September 2019.

“The September 2019 Social Weather Survey was conducted from September 27-30, 2019 using face-to-face interviews of 1,800 adults (18 years old and above) nationwide,” according to the SWS survey report.

Meanwhile, the United States net trust remain ‘excellent’ at +72 in September 2019, it has little to no change compared to the +73 in June 2019.

Other countries like Australia and Japan stay at a ‘very good’ net trust rating, +37 and +35 respectively in September 2019.

Vietnam fell from ‘moderate’ net trust to ‘neutral’ with a net zero-rating in September 2019 from a +13 rating in June 2019.—AAC

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