Quality of life got worse for the past year for 79 percent of adult Filipinos – SWS

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Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, August 14) – Almost 8 out of 10 adult Filipinos said their quality of life got worse in the past 12 months, according to the latest Social Weather Stations (SWS) survey released on Thursday.

The figure is the second highest recorded by SWS on the same survey topic, next only to the record-high 83 percent last May 2020.

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The non-commissioned survey, done last July 3-6, 2020 using mobile phone and computer-assisted telephone interviewing, noted 12 percent of adult Filipinos found their quality of life remained unchanged and only eight percent said their lives got better during the past year.

Three out of four people in the Visayas felt that their lives got worse at 75 percent. Balance Luzon (Luzon outside of Metro Manila) showed 74 percent, Metro Manila with 71 percent, and Mindanao with 65 percent.

Most of the 1,555 survey respondents who felt their lives got worse over the last year received subsidies from the government during the COVID-19 pandemic.

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Lockdowns brought by the COVID-19 pandemic pushed the country’s economy into recession, plunging to a 16.5 percent economic contraction during the second quarter of this year according to the Philippine Statistics Authority.

Lawmakers are currently deliberating on the passage of the ₱140-billion Bayanihan to Recover as One Act that will boost the country’s economy and provide help to affected societal sectors. A bigger ₱1.3-trillion economic stimulus package, named Accelerated Recovery and Investments Stimulus for the Economy of the Philippines or ARISE Bill, still hangs in the Senate.

The national government is also giving out the second tranche of the social amelioration program for families in the vulnerable sector directly affected by the COVID-19 pandemic. As of August 12, the Department of Social Welfare and Development distributed 78 percent of allotted funds for the second tranche, or ₱43.4 billion worth of emergency subsidy to qualified families.