SWS survey results affirm effectiveness of Aquino administration's programs for the poor — Coloma

August 4, 2015 5:20 am 

By Joann Santiago

MANILA, Aug. 3 (PNA) — If results of a survey by the Social Weather Station (SWS) on people's net optimism on the economy would be an indication then the Aquino administration is on the right track.

This, after results of the second quarter 2015 SWS survey conducted last June 5-8, showed that people belonging to Class E, who are the primary targets of poverty alleviation programs, posted big jumps in their net personal optimists ratings to +39 from +28 in the survey in the first quarter of the year.

Presidential Communications Operations Office (PCOO) Secretary Herminio Coloma Jr. said results of the said SWS survey "affirm President (Benigno) Aquino’s (III) report to his Bosses during his final SONA (State of the Nation Address) that, indeed, the Filipinos have acquired a highly positive mindset during the past five years.

He said the administration is " gratified to note the Very High net personal optimism and Very High net optimism about the economy ratings."

"Most significantly, Net Optimism about the Economy rose to Very High in classes E and D, thereby validating the effectiveness of the administration’s targeted and purposive poverty reduction and social safety-net programs."

" For these reasons, the President has consistently emphasized the importance of continuing these programs so that our Bosses’ optimism will be brought to full fruition," he added.

And although many of those from the upper classes remain optimistic rating of those belonging to Class A-C slipped to +37 from +41 in the previous survey and those from Class D moved a bit to +35 from +38.

Respondents from Mindanao posted the highest net optimism rating on the economy at +19; followed by those Balance of Luzon, +17; Visayas, +14; and the National Capital Region (NCR), +7.

In terms of the expected change in the domestic economy, the survey registered a net optimism rating of +15, an improvement from quarter-ago's +6 rating.

In terms of the change in quality of life in the past 12 months, net gainers posted a rating of +3, lower than quarter-ago's +6.

The respondents expected almost no change in the quality of life in the next 12 months with rating of the optimists still at 42 percent while the pessimists slightly moved to six percent from 7 percent previously.

This resulted to a +36 net optimists rating of +36, little changed from the +37 in the previous quarter. (PNA)

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