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Unity on the RH Law

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It is more correct to call the Filipino people united than to call them divided on the issue of wanting a government program to provide services on reproductive health (RH) for all. For the longest time, the great majority of the people have favored it, and only a small minority opposed it. Yet those opposed were able to thwart passage of the RH bill for 14 years, and after that to get the Supreme Court to restrain implementation of the law by another year.

Posted: April 12th, 2014 in Columnists,Columns,Inquirer Opinion | Read More »

A fly-high moment!

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AS PRESIDENT Aquino, Malaysian Prime Minister Najib Razak, Moro Islamic Liberation Front chair Murad Ebrahim, Presidential Adviser on the Peace Process Teresita Quintos-Deles and other dignitaries left the Kalayaan Gardens after the signing of the Comprehensive Agreement on the Bangsamoro, the Malacañang band played an unusual recessional, the song that goes

Posted: March 29th, 2014 in Columnists,Columns,Featured Columns,Featured Headline,Inquirer Opinion | Read More »

FOI for government statistics

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I look forward to a Freedom of Information Act that will, in particular, increase public access to the raw data gathered in the government’s censuses and surveys, which underlie its published summary statistics, and, indeed, could be used to produce many other statistics of value that the government does not publish.

Posted: March 15th, 2014 in Columnists,Columns,Featured Columns,Featured Headline,Inquirer Opinion | Read More »

New numbers on happiness

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Last week, Social Weather Stations released its December 2013 survey findings that 86 percent of Filipino adults nationwide were happy with life in general, and 83 percent of them were satisfied with their lives.

Posted: March 8th, 2014 in Columnists,Columns,Featured Columns,Featured Headline,Inquirer Opinion | Read More »

What non-NCR managers say about corruption

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This week, SWS had gigs in Cagayan de Oro City (CDO) and Davao City, as part of the roadshow of the National Competitiveness Council (NCC) for regional competitiveness, by sharing the SWS Survey of Enterprises on Corruption directly with people from government, business and academia in seven sample areas. Earlier gigs were in the cities of Makati (for the National Capital Region or NCR) and Tagaytay (for Cavite-Laguna-Batangas or CLB). The CDO presentation showed data combined with Iligan City (abbreviated CDO-I). The roadshow goes next to the cities of Cebu, Iloilo and Angeles.

Posted: March 1st, 2014 in Columnists,Columns,Featured Columns,Featured Headline,Inquirer Opinion | Read More »

What went wrong?

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Last week the Inquirer headlined its main story as follows: “P-Noy: What went wrong?” The headline depicted the President’s exasperation and puzzlement, if not shock, over a survey conducted by the Social Weather Stations showing that the unemployment rate among Filipino adults soared to 27.5 percent in 2013.

Posted: February 22nd, 2014 in Columns,Featured Columns,Featured Headline,Inquirer Opinion | Read More »

Aquino must listen to other voices

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What’s wrong? President Benigno Aquino III’s question to his Cabinet on why high unemployment persists, even rising to 27.5 percent in the last quarter of 2013 (SWS, December 2013), belying the claims of “inclusive growth,” should make him realize that he is listening to just one voice on the economy—that of the apostles of privatization and liberalization who dominate his Cabinet, like Purisima, Almendras, Balisacan, Abad and Petilla.

Posted: February 19th, 2014 in Columnists,Columns,Inquirer Opinion | Read More »

Jobless, but ‘employed’

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Last Tuesday, the Inquirer’s subhead, “SWS: Unemployment rate rose to 27.5% in Q4,” was critically imprecise, because the SWS statistic Joblessness is defined differently from the official statistic Unemployment. To emphasize the difference here, I write the former with a capital J, and the latter with a capital U. Unlike the ordinary mass media, SWS is careful not to interchange its term Joblessness with the official term Unemployment.

Posted: February 14th, 2014 in Columnists,Columns,Featured Columns,Featured Headline,Inquirer Opinion | Read More »

Survey facts of 2013

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The 2014 SWS Survey Review, presented last Tuesday at the Asian Institute of Management, was about facts. The surveys were genuine, and scientifically representative of the actual quality of life and the true opinions of the Filipino people. The raw data of all SWS surveys are permanently archived so that researchers may recompute the findings and extend the analysis.

Posted: January 31st, 2014 in Columnists,Columns,Editor's Pick,Featured Columns,Featured Headline,Inquirer Opinion | Read More »

Poverty, hunger and ‘Yolanda’

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Super Typhoon “Yolanda” was so devastating that it raised Self-rated Poverty by three points, Self-rated Food Poverty also by three points, and Hunger by almost one point, according to the Social Weather Survey of Dec. 11-16, 2013. Incidentally, it also raised President’s Aquino’s net satisfaction rating by one point.

Posted: January 24th, 2014 in Columnists,Columns,Featured Columns,Featured Headline,Inquirer Opinion | Read More »

Survey reporting 101

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One of the hazards of giving a multifaceted survey report is that the media get more leeway to select items of their liking. Offer the media a buffet, and they’ll only take what dishes they like, and not try to taste others.

Posted: January 17th, 2014 in Columnists,Columns,Featured Columns,Featured Headline,Inquirer Opinion | Read More »

The heartless concern for GDP

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To meaningfully tally the economic devastation caused by Supertyphoon “Yolanda,” one should count the numbers of people, not the money value of production, affected. As of Nov. 21, the National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council reported 4,011 persons dead, 18,567 injured, and 1,602 missing.

Posted: November 23rd, 2013 in Columnists,Columns,Featured Columns,Inquirer Opinion | Read More »

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