SWS: Filipinos hopeful about next 12 months

FOUR out of 10 Filipinos believe that the quality of their life will improve in the next 12 months, based on the latest Social Weather Stations (SWS) survey results.

In the nationwide survey conducted on June 23 to 26, it found that 44 percent of Filipino adults are "optimists" about their life improvement while only four percent are "pessimists" as they expect their life to get worse in the next 12 months.

The poll results yielded a net personal optimism score of "excellent" +40, one grade higher than "very high" +36 (43 percent optimists, six percent pessimists) recorded in March 2017.

Net personal optimism rose in all geographical areas.

The SWS recorded "excellent" +42 from "very high" +37 in Balance Luzon; "excellent" +6 from +43 in Manila; "very high" +36 from "+34 in Visayas; and "very high" +37 from +33 in Mindanao.

The survey showed that 39 percent are optimistic that the Philippine economy would "get better" next year while 12 percent believed it would "deteriorate." The results posted an "excellent" +27 net score on optimism about the country's economy.

The net rating was 11-percentage points down from March's "excellent" +37 (47 percent optimistic about the economy, nine percent pessimistic about the economy), and the lowest since the "very high" +15 in June 2015.

Net optimism about economy stayed excellent but declined in all areas, posting "excellent" +23 from +33 in Balance Luzon; "excellent" +27 from +39 in Metro Manila; "excellent" +27 from +34 in Visayas; and "excellent" +34 from +49 in Mindanao.

The SWS also found that there is 37 percent "gainers" as their lives improved while 19 percent are "losers" as their lives worsened.

Net gainers rating in the second quarter of 2017 was "very high" +17, just a percentage point up from "very high" +16 in the previous quarter of the same year.

SWS said the net gainer in Balance Luzon was at "record-high" as it rose from "very high" 11 in March to "excellent" +20 in June.

Net gainer score also stayed "very high" in Visayas, from +14 in March to +19 in June.

It, however, fell by 12-percentage points from "excellent" +26 to "very high" +14 in Metro Manila.

It was also down by eight-percentage points from "excellent"+21 to "very high" +13.

Presidential Spokesperson Ernesto Abella welcomed the poll results showing the administration's "significant strides in the first year to ensure the inclusion of the marginalized and disadvantaged sectors."

Abella said the government would continue to push for programs, such as the tax reform package, that would make the economy robust.

He said the current administration would ensure that the proposed tax reform measure would be passed as it would lay down "a strong foundation for inclusive and sustainable growth."

"Much more needs to be done, such as implementing institutional changes," Abella said in a statement.

"The government has thus certified as urgent a comprehensive tax reform package to boost the economy and accelerate infrastructure development while raising spending for the poor," he added.

The survey interviewed 1,200 respondents using sampling error margins of ±3 percentage points for national percentages, ±4 percentage points for Balance Luzon, and ±6 percentage points each for Metro Manila, Visayas, and Mindanao. (SunStar Philippines)

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