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Continuity plus plus

August 5, 2017

SOCIAL CLIMATE by Mahar Mangahas Philippine Daily Inquirer | August 5, 2017   Continuity plus plus” is how Governor Nestor A. Espenilla Jr. described his intentions for the Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas (BSP) in his speech “Building on built foundations: continuity and change” before the Foundation for Economic Freedom last week. To me, the plus […]

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VP Leni’s rating is OK

January 3, 2017

SOCIAL CLIMATE by Mahar Mangahas (Philippine Daily Inquirer) December 31, 2016   The net satisfaction ratings of all of the top five officials of government—the president, the vice president, the Senate president, the speaker of the House of Representatives, and the chief justice—were slightly lower in December 2016 than in September 2016, as polled by […]

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Mixed feelings

January 3, 2017

SOCIAL CLIMATE by Mahar Mangahas (Philippine Daily Inquirer) December 24, 2016   To understand public opinion, one should accept whatever are the people’s honest responses to a set of survey questions, and have faith that there is an internal logic, conscious or unconscious, behind the responses. From the responses, one tries to discover, and to […]

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A honeymoon with misgivings

January 3, 2017

SOCIAL CLIMATE by Mahar Mangahas (Philippine Daily Inquirer) December 17, 2016   The net +64 and net +63 satisfaction ratings of Rodrigo Duterte in his first and second quarters of office are quite normal for a new president.  A honeymoon is not quickly halted as soon as the new spouses discover some things about each […]

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Vuca and Vuca-Prime

December 12, 2016

THE SOCIAL CLIMATE by Mahar Mangahas (Philippine Daily Inquirer) December 10, 2016   The acronym “Vuca”—which stands for volatility, uncertainty, complexity, and ambiguity—was originally introduced by military analysts to describe the state of the world at the end of the Cold War. It took further hold after the terrorist attacks of 9/11. With the world’s […]

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While waiting for new data

December 12, 2016

THE SOCIAL CLIMATE by Mahar Mangahas (Philippine Daily Inquirer) December 3, 2016   Events of November have made many people impatient for fresh data on public opinion. How can one cope in between the regular quarterly rounds of the Social Weather Survey? The Philippine Stock Exchange Index (PSEI). This is issued every weekday.  It is […]

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A perspective for NGOs

December 12, 2016

THE SOCIAL CLIMATE by Mahar Mangahas (Philippine Daily Inquirer) November 26, 2016   At last Wednesday’s silver anniversary of the Caucus of Development NGO Networks (CODE-NGO), I was one of the panelists asked to present a perspective on what nongovernmental organizations should address at this time. I gave my personal opinions, not the stand of SWS […]

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The US election shock

December 12, 2016

THE SOCIAL CLIMATE by Mahar Mangahas (Philippine Daily Inquirer) November 19, 2016   The entire community (almost) of American pollsters was shocked by the presidential election’s outcome. After two days, Nate Silver, my favorite summarizer, scrambled: “Why FiveThirtyEight gave Trump a better chance than almost anyone else.”  His final forecast gave Donald Trump a 29-percent chance […]

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Unrealistic official poverty

November 29, 2016

SOCIAL CLIMATE by Mahar Mangahas (Philippine Daily Inquirer) November 12, 2016   Accuracy in measuring the change in poverty over time and measuring the scale of poverty at a point in time are two different things. Last week, in “The poverty drop was anticipated” (11/5/16), I said that, long before the Philippine Statistics Authority’s new […]

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The US election shock

November 29, 2016

SOCIAL CLIMATE by Mahar Mangahas (Philippine Daily Inquirer) November 19, 2016   The entire community (almost) of American pollsters was shocked by the presidential election’s outcome. After two days, Nate Silver, my favorite summarizer, scrambled: “Why FiveThirtyEight gave Trump a better chance than almost anyone else.”  His final forecast gave Donald Trump a 29-percent chance […]

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