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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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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 poverty drop was anticipated

November 7, 2016

SOCIAL CLIMATE by Mahar Mangahas (Philippine Daily Inquirer) November 5, 2016   Last Oct. 27, the Philippine Statistics Authority (PSA) released its newest report on poverty, stating that 16.5 percent of families were officially poor in 2015, compared to 19.7 percent in 2012. The report also provided the percentages of poor families in two earlier […]

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Trust in the US versus China

October 28, 2016

SOCIAL CLIMATE by Mahar Mangahas (Philippine Daily Inquirer) October 22, 2016   The very high trust of Filipinos in the United States has always been taken for granted.  In the latest Social Weather Stations survey of Sept. 23-27, 2016, 76 percent said they had much trust in the United States, 11 percent said they had […]

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Poverty at historic low

October 28, 2016

SOCIAL CLIMATE by Mahar Mangahas (Philippine Daily Inquirer) October 15, 2016   Last Thursday, Oct. 13, SWS released the report, “Third Quarter Social Weather Survey: Families rating themselves as Mahirap or Poor fell to new record-low 42%; Families Food-Poor fall to new record-low 30%.” The 42 percent Self-Rated Poverty (SRP) broke the old record of […]

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New SWS surveys

October 28, 2016

SOCIAL CLIMATE by Mahar Mangahas (Philippine Daily Inquirer) October 8, 2016   SWS began reporting on two new surveys this week. Last Wednesday was the opening presentation of the 2016 Survey of Enterprises on Corruption, given in cooperation with the National Competitiveness Council.  In coming weeks, there will be presentations in Metro Angeles, Cavite-Laguna-Batangas, Metro […]

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Wanted: number-streams

October 28, 2016

SOCIAL CLIMATE by Mahar Mangahas (Philippine Daily Inquirer) October 1, 2016   Numbers about the President. For some weeks now, many have been impatiently asking for whatever survey SWS has about President Duterte.  Among them are those who know that the Social Weather Survey is a quarterly, but may have forgotten that the Second Quarter […]

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‘Mahirap,’ ‘pobre,’ ‘imol’

September 19, 2016

SOCIAL CLIMATE by Mahar Mangahas (Philippine Daily Inquirer) September 17, 2016   In SWS surveys of Self-Rated Poverty, the household head is shown a card with Poor written above a line, and Not Poor written below the line, and then asked to situate the family on the card.  (To eliminate visual bias, half of the […]

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Numbers on Filipino, Cebuano and English

September 19, 2016

SOCIAL CLIMATE by Mahar Mangahas (Philippine Daily Inquirer) September 10, 2016   The Philippines is so diversified in language that not one is identified by the majority of Filipino adults as the language they speak at home. The three languages most commonly cited as what they primarily use at home are Filipino, Cebuano, and Hiligaynon. […]

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South Korea focuses on happiness

September 19, 2016

SOCIAL CLIMATE by Mahar Mangahas (Philippine Daily Inquirer) September 3, 2016   The government of South Korea, with the country’s gross domestic product now at almost US$26,000 per person—graduating from a recipient to a donor of development aid—has decided, under President Park Geun-hye, to shift its focus toward obtaining happiness for all its people. This […]

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