The perennial problem of hunger

Mahar Mangahas - @inquirerdotnet 01/21/2023

In 2022, 12 percent of Filipino families experienced hunger at least once in the previous three months (“Fourth Quarter 2022 Social Weather Survey: Hunger moves from 11.3% to 11.8%,” www.sws.org.ph, 10/19/2023). The December 2022 round was SWS’…

Pasasalamat 2022

Mahar Mangahas - @inquirerdotnet 12/24/2022

Pasasalamat is what Social Weather Stations, a consciously nonsectarian institution, calls its annual holiday season party. We started using the name 20-plus years ago, upon discovering that a staff member’s religion forbade attending any party and receiving…

73% of Filipinos expect a happy Christmas in 2022 — SWS survey

Zacarian Sarao - Reporter / @zacariansINQ 12/23/2022

MANILA, Philippines — The number of Filipinos expecting a “happy” Christmas in 2022 has increased compared to the previous year, according to a Social Weather Stations (SWS) survey released on Friday. In its survey, just two days…

Monitoring human well-being

Mahar Mangahas - @inquirerdotnet 12/03/2022

Upon invitation of the National Economic and Development Authority, I was a panelist at its recent monitoring and evaluation network forum (11/28/22). There I showed the time-charts of four of the Social Weather Stations quarterly indicators of…

Is workers’ well-being progressing?

Mahar Mangahas - @inquirerdotnet 11/19/2022

Last week, I argued for a very simple, reliable, and practical indicator of Progress, with a capital P: Progress is a situation when more people say that their Quality of Life got better, than say it got…

Do surveys influence public opinion?

Guillermo M. Luz - @inquirerdotnet 02/19/2022

With elections inching closer—there are only 80 days left to election day—expect to be flooded by public opinion surveys on who people will vote for. The conventional question asked in most surveys is “Whom would you vote…

80% of of vaccinated adult Filipinos willing to get COVID booster shot, survey shows

Neil Arwin Mercado 01/28/2022

MANILA, Philippines — Eighty percent or four out of five vaccinated adult Filipinos are willing to get a booster dose against COVID-19, the latest Social Weather Stations (SWS) survey released Thursday night, January 27, 2022, showed. According…

SWS: 31% of families with distance learners have weak internet connection

Cathrine Gonzales - Reporter / @cgonzalesINQ 03/06/2021

MANILA, Philippines — Thirty-one percent of Filipino families with members studying through online distance learning have weak internet connection, according to survey results released by the Social Weather Stations (SWS) on Friday. Based on the survey conducted by…

Got no date on Valentine’s Day? SWS says Pinoys without love live at record-high

Gabriel Pabico Lalu - Reporter / @GabrielLaluINQ 02/13/2021

MANILA, Philippines — If you are spending this coming Valentine’s Day alone, then a recent survey would indicate that you’re actually not alone because the number of adult Filipinos without love life is at a record high.…

Almost 5 million Filipino workers retrenched due to Covid-19 pandemic — Bello

Cathrine Gonzales 02/04/2021

MANILA, Philippines — Less than five million Filipinos have lost their jobs due to the Covid-19 pandemic as of December last year, Labor Secretary Silvestre Bello III said Thursday, February 4, 2021. “Ang record namin as of…

More Pinoys wear masks vs COVID-19 – SWS

10/01/2020

MANILA, Philippines — Preventive measures against COVID-19 are still being practiced by large majorities of Filipinos, according to a special survey the Social Weather Stations (SWS) held from Sept. 17 to Sept. 20. The survey found that…

7.6 million families hungry in past 3 months, highest hunger rate since 2014 — SWS

Krissy Aguilar - Reporter / @KAguilarINQ 09/27/2020

MANILA, Philippines — Some 7.6 million Filipino households experienced involuntary hunger in the past three months, the highest hunger incidence since 2014, results of a Social Weather Stations (SWS) survey showed Sunday. Of 1,249 adult Filipinos surveyed…

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