PH unemployment rate drops for second straight quarter—SWS
Aileen Cerrudo • May 8, 2019 • 1590
The Philippine unemployment rate has dropped for the second straight quarter according to the Social Weather Stations (SWS) survey.
Based on the survey conducted from March 28 to 31, 2019, the unemployment rate went down to 19.7% or approximately 9.4 million adult Filipinos who are unemployed.
This is 2.3% lower compared to the survey results in September 2018 (22%).
Among the 9.4 million unemployed Filipinos, 4.5 million were adults who voluntarily left their jobs, 3.6 million adults who were retrenched, and 1.3 million adults who are first-time job seekers.
“The March 2019 survey found that the adult labor force participation rate is at 71.4% or an estimated 47.6 million adults. This is 5.2 points above 66.2% or an estimated 42.4 million adults in December 2018.
The estimated size of the adult labor force in previous quarters were 44.4 million adults (69.3% of adults) in September 2018 and 43.8 million (68.3%) in June 2018,” the survey states.—(with reports from Asher Cadapan Jr.)
MANILA, Philippines – The majority of Filipinos believe that martial law in Mindanao should be lifted by the end of the year, based on the latest Social Weather Stations (SWS) survey.
In the survey released on Sunday (December 29), the SWS found that 65 percent of Filipinos said that the martial law in the Mindanao region should not go beyond 2019 while 34 percent said it should be extended.
One percent did not provide an answer to the question, “In your opinion, should martial law in Mindanao lapse at end-2019, or be extended for a longer period?”
The SWS said the nationwide survey was conducted from December 13 to 16 by interviewing 1,200 Filipino adult respondents – 300 each in Metro Manila, Balance Luzon, Visayas, and Mindanao.
The pollster said that of the 34 percent who support the extension of martial law beyond 2019, 22 percent said it should be extended in the entire Mindanao, 7 percent said it should be extended in Marawi City and the province of Lanao del Sur, and 5 percent say it should be extended in Marawi City, the province of Lanao del Sur, and nearby provinces.
The proportion of those who call for the termination of Martial Law in Mindanao by end-2019 is high in all areas: it is 67% in Metro Manila, 67% in the Visayas, 66% in Balance Luzon, and 61% in Mindanao, the SWS added.
In the December 2019 survey, respondents were also asked about their opinion regarding the statement,“At present, there is no more threat that another Marawi-like terrorist attack can happen anywhere in Mindanao.”
To this, 49 percent agreed, and 16 percent disagreed while 35 percent were undecided about the matter.
The SWS said this gives a net agreement score of +33, classified as very strong.
The SWS terminology for Net Agreement: +50 and above, “Extremely Strong”; +30 to +49, “Very Strong”; +10 to +29, “Moderately Strong”, +9 to -9, “Neutral”; -10 to -29, “Moderately Weak”; -30 to -49, “Very Weak”; -50 and below, “Extremely Weak”.
Survey respondents were also asked about their opinion on this statement, “From the time that Martial Law was declared in Mindanao, up to the present, the military has committed very few, if any, abuses of human rights in Mindanao?”
Fifty-five percent agreed, 14 percent disagreed while 32 percent were undecided.
This gives a very strong net agreement score of +41, the SWS said.
Mindanao has been under martial law since 2017 after the Maute Terror group attacked Marawi City.
The martial law was initially set for 60 days, but it was extended until the end of 2017, then until the end of 2018, and until December 31 of 2019.
President Rodrigo Duterte earlier decided he will not be extending martial law in Mindanao following the recommendation and assessment of his security and defense advisers on the situation in the region. – RRD (with details from Correspondent Rosalie Coz)
Seventy percent of Pinoys are worried about the rising number of foreign Chinese workers in the Philippines, according to the Social Weather Stations (SWS) survey.
Based on the Third Quarter 2019 Social Weather Survey, conducted from September 27-30, 2019, seventy percent of Filipinos are worried about the rising number of Chinese workers. Thirty one percent said they were “worried a great deal” while 39% said they were “somewhat worried”.
The September 2019 survey fielded three questions to 1,800 adults who are 18 years old and above. They were asked the following questions:
1) “How many are the foreign Chinese working in your locality?”,
2) “How worried are you about the increasing number of foreign Chinese working here in the Philippines?”, and
3) “How much do you agree or disagree with this statement: ‘The increasing number of foreign Chinese working here in the Philippines is a threat to the country’s overall security.’”
Based on the survey results, 52% of Filipinos consider the rising number of Chinese workers in the country as a threat to the country’s security.
The survey found that 27% strongly agree and 25% somewhat agree.
Meanwhile, 14% somewhat disagree and 13% strongly disagree.
Twenty-one percent are undecided about the rising number of Chinese workers in the country being a threat to the country’s security.—AAC
The Filipinos’ trust in China has fallen from ‘poor’ to ‘bad’, based on the third quarter 2019 Social Weather Survey (SWS).
The net trust for China fell by 9 points from -24 in June 2019 to -33 in September 2019.
“The September 2019 Social Weather Survey was conducted from September 27-30, 2019 using face-to-face interviews of 1,800 adults (18 years old and above) nationwide,” according to the SWS survey report.
Meanwhile, the United States net trust remain ‘excellent’ at +72 in September 2019, it has little to no change compared to the +73 in June 2019.
Other countries like Australia and Japan stay at a ‘very good’ net trust rating, +37 and +35 respectively in September 2019.
Vietnam fell from ‘moderate’ net trust to ‘neutral’ with a net zero-rating in September 2019 from a +13 rating in June 2019.—AAC
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