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Poor and near-poor

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The more that poverty is scientifically quantified, the more it can be understood, and thereby better dealt with. Poverty is not static. It can change quickly, upward or downward, and can change at different rates in different locations. SWS has discovered this from quarterly surveys in four broad geographic areas of the Philippines. Other institutions will see it for themselves by doing the same.

Posted: October 11th, 2014 in Columnists,Columns,Featured Columns,Featured Headline,Inquirer Opinion | Read More »

Forget Sept. 21

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Very, very early, perhaps between 2 and 3 in the morning of Saturday, Sept. 23, 1972, I was awakened at home, in the southern side of the University of the Philippines Diliman campus, by the rat-tat-tat of automatic rifle fire, coming from the north. There were up to 100 shots, in intermittent bursts, over 10-15 minutes. An hour later there was a huge explosion, coming from the east. Then, eerie silence.

Posted: September 27th, 2014 in Columnists,Columns,Featured Columns,Featured Headline,Inquirer Opinion | Read More »

Letter from Berlin

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Berlin, 9/18/2014. By sheer coincidence, some of my SWS colleagues and I have been in this city since last Sunday, just before President Aquino comes for a visit. Then I saw a media item from Manila that claimed that the President would be touting the rapid growth of Philippine gross domestic product (GDP) during his visit. I hope he does not bother to talk about the GDP, because it will not impress the Germans anyway.

Posted: September 20th, 2014 in Columnists,Columns,Featured Columns,Featured Headline,Inquirer Opinion | Read More »

Third-poorest in Southeast Asia?

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From 2005 to 2010, the Philippines went from fifth-poorest to third-poorest country in Southeast Asia, as estimated by the Asian Development Bank (ADB) with a new “Asian regional poverty line” of $1.51/person/day (ppp, 2005 prices), as published in its August 2014 special report, “Poverty in Asia: A Deeper Look.”

Posted: September 13th, 2014 in Columnists,Columns,Featured Columns,Featured Headline,Inquirer Opinion | Read More »

Massive job dissatisfaction

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Fully half of the Jobless are people who already had jobs but voluntarily left them, and are now looking for new jobs. The existence of widespread dissatisfaction with jobs is the most important message in this week’s SWS report: “Second Quarter 2014 Social Weather Survey: Adult Joblessness at 25.9%; 9% lost their jobs involuntarily, 13% resigned.”

Posted: August 23rd, 2014 in Columnists,Columns,Featured Columns,Featured Headline,Inquirer Opinion | Read More »

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