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Pinoys remain optimistic; FVR anecdotes sell, too


by Fred Lobo

The Social Weather Stations (SWS) confirmed that Filipinos are very hopeful that their quality of life and the country’s economy will improve this year.

Pinoys remain optimistic about life and money. Hooray!


Its most recent survey showed a net optimism score of +45 among Filipinos, two points up from the previous quarter’s +43, and it steadied at a “very high” grade, said SWS.

Filipinos are hopeful as per SWS report: Sa Walang Sablay!


SWS added that the latest poll (conducted Dec. 3-6, 2016, among 1,500 respondents) found 48 percent of Filipinos optimistic that their personal quality of life will be better in the next 12 months.

 QOL (quality of life) survey result to likely trigger LOL (laughing out loud).


SWS pointed out that the net personal optimism score has been above +40 for the past five quarters.

Apparently Pinoys are consistently feeling “high.”


In the same SWS survey, 37 percent of respondents said their lives improved from 12 months ago while 21 percent said their lives have worsened, resulting in a +16 net gainers score.

More  gainers than losers and still  “very high” net optimism, says SWS.


SWS noted that net personal optimism remained “very high” across geographical areas – with Mindanao returning to a record high  +54 , as first recorded in June last year.

Minadanaoans apparently feeling better with  beloved “Digong” in Malacañang.


As to socio-economic classes, highest optimism score was recorded among those in the poorest class E which increased seven points to a record-high +46 in the same survey.

The poor  are seeing stars under the DU30 skies.


SWS added that net gainer scores likewise steadied in “very high” status across geographical areas and socio-economic classes, with Metro Manila having a record-breaking  +20 and class ABC with a new record of +30.

The rich have high hopes in “Digong,” too.


The survey results show that “President Duterte is on the right track for espousing economic progress and peace and order,” said Presidential Spokesman Ernesto Abella.

Translation: Go DU30 go!


SWS also said the same poll showed that 51 percent or five of 10 Filipinos are optimistic that the Philippines’ economy will improve in the next 12 months, with only 8 percent saying  it would worsen.

A “very high” net optimism score of +43, and constantly in “very high” level  since June last year,  SWS concluded.


Meanwhile, former President Fidel V. Ramos launched “FVR  XYZ  FILES,” an anthology of controversies and issues, anecdotes, and trivia collected by noted book author Melandrew T. Velasco.

FVR’s  legacy endures. FVR anecdotes sell like hotcake, too.


PFVR, chairman of the  RPDEV Foundation, vows to continue writing his Sunday column for the Manila Bulletin, and to serve the country in whatever capacity he could.

Expect FVR’s presence to be felt still and his “sermons” to continue to awaken the nation.

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