Almost half of Filipinos think life got worse in the past 12 months – SWS

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Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, July 24) – A recent survey revealed that almost half of Filipinos thought that their quality of life got worse in the past 12 months.

The Social Weather Stations survey conducted last June 23-26 found that 49% of adult Filipinos believe their life worsened in the past year, a decrease from the 53% recorded in the previous survey last May.

The survey also showed that 33% of adult Filipinos believe their quality of life remained unchanged compared to a year ago, while 18% said their lives got better.

A separate SWS survey bared that less than half of Filipinos, or 37%, expect their lives to improve in the next 12 months. 

According to the latest figures of the Philippine Statistics Authority, the country’s economy declined by 4.2% in the first quarter of 2021, as quarantine restrictions and the lingering COVID-19 pandemic continue to hamper business and consumer activity. 

Socioeconomic Planning Secretary Karl Kendrick Chua earlier said he expects the country's economy to finally post growth in the second quarter of 2021, but it's still not a sign of a convincing rebound more than a year since the COVID-19 pandemic began.