Filipinos had mixed views on how life was in the past 12 months, the second quarter survey released by the Social Weather Stations (SWS) yesterday showed.
Some 31% of adult Filipinos said their quality of life got worse, while at least 29% said their life got better and 39% said it was the same compared to a year ago.
Compared with the first quarter survey of SWS, the number of Filipinos who said their lives worsened slightly went down by three percentage points from 34% in April.
The number of Filipinos who said their lives improved slightly went down as well by three percentage points from 32% in April.
Those who said their lives remained largely unchanged went up by five percentage points from 34% in April.
The second quarter figures led to a -2 net gainer score, classified as “fair” by SWS and the same figure as in the April survey.
“The steady national Net Gainer score between April 2022 and June 2022 was due to increases in Metro Manila and Luzon outside Metro Manila (or Balance Luzon), combined with decreases in the Mindanao and Visayas,” SWS said in its report.
It also noted that the figure is still 20 points below the pre-pandemic level of “very high” +18 recorded in December 2019.
The second quarter 2022 SWS survey was conducted from June 26 to 29, using face-to-face interviews of 1,500 adults nationwide.
The sampling error margins are ±2.5% for national percentages, ±5.7% each for Metro Manila, the Visayas, and Mindanao, and ±4% for Balance Luzon.
The June 2022 survey also showed that 11.6% of Filipino families, or an estimated 2.9 million households, experienced involuntary hunger at least once in the past three months.
This is lower than 12.2 percent or 3.1 million in April 2022, and 11.8 percent or 3 million households in December 2021.
It also showed 48% of Filipino families rating themselves as poor, 31% as borderline poor, and 21% as not poor.