More than 60 percent of Filipinos thought their quality of life worsened amid the Covid-19 pandemic, a survey by the Social Weather Stations (SWS) in November showed.

Of the 1,500 adult Filipinos who participated in a Social Weather Stations (SWS) quality-of-life survey, 62 percent believed their lives worsened over the past year.

Only 14 percent saw improvement, while 24 percent saw no change in their quality of life.

Though the number of Filipinos who suffered quality of life drops was above the majority, it was still below the 82-percent record set in a September 2020 SWS poll.

In a statement, Palace spokesman Harry Roque said the results of the November 2020 poll came as no surprise.

“However, things are looking up,” he said. “The economy has reopened which means more livelihood opportunities have become available.”

Roque also acknowledged recent survey results that found lower hunger and unemployment rates among Filipinos.

“The latest SWS survey indicated that hunger among Filipino families eased to 16 percent from a record-high of 30.7 percent. Unemployment, as per the October 2020 Labor Force Survey of the Philippine Statistics Authority (PSA), revealed that the country’s unemployment rate eased to 8.7% in October 2020 from a high of 17.7% last April 2020,” he said. John Ezekiel J. Hirro