30% of Pinoys say their lives got better in past 12 months, 29% say it got worse — SWS survey | Inquirer News

30% of Pinoys say their lives got better in past 12 months, 29% say it got worse — SWS survey

/ 06:01 PM December 03, 2022

SWS survey

MANILA, Philippines — A national survey conducted by the Social Weather Stations (SWS) for the third quarter of 2022 showed that 30 percent of adult Filipinos see their quality of lives being better from a year ago, while 29 percent said their quality of lives got worse.

The survey which was released last Saturday, was conducted from September 29 to October 2, 2022, to determine the Net Gainer score for the month of October, which was the first under the administration of President Ferdinand “Bongbong” Marcos, Jr.


The SWS survey also revealed that 41 percent of the adult respondents said their quality of lives stayed the same from a year ago.


The Net Gainer score refers to the net score of “gainers” minus the numbers of “losers.”

Those who saw their lives being worse were referred to as the “losers” while those who said their lives have improved were the “gainers.”

The Net Gainer score for October is at zero (0), which the SWS classified as “fair.”

This was higher from the fair negative two (-2) score reported in June and April 2022.


The improvement in the Net Gainer score for October 2022 was due to the increase of “gainers” in Metro Manila, Balance Luzon, and Visayas, the SWS said.

The Net Gainer score in Metro Manila is “high” at nine compared to six previously, while the score in Balance Luzon is now at eight, compared to five previously.


The Net Gainer score in Mindanao is up by four points from -17 to -13, but is still considered as “mediocre.” In Mindanao the Net Gainer score is down by four points, from -7 to -11.


The survey also revealed that 11.3 percent or 2.9 million Filipino families have experienced involuntary hunger.

The SWS said involuntary hunger refers to the respondents being hungry and not having anything to eat at least once in the past three months.

Involuntary hunger is significantly higher among “losers” than among “gainers” and “unchanged.”

Involuntary hunger is 15.7 percent among “losers”, compared to 9.8 percent among the “unchanged” and nine percent among “gainers.”

Generally negative

The SWS survey was conducted through face-to-face interviews of 1,500 adults (18 years old and above) nationwide: Metro Manila (300), the Visayas (300), and Mindanao (300), and 600 in Balance Luzon.

According to the SWS, the quality-of-life survey has been fielded 146 times since April 1983, and the Net Gainer score has generally been negative for a long time.

“The Net Gainer score was generally negative until 2015 when it rose to positive numbers until the drastic deterioration beginning with the COVID-19 pandemic lockdowns,” the SWS said in a statement.

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“It has since trended back upwards but still has not reached the positive range,” it added.

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