2017 SWS Survey Review
|2017 SWS Survey Review Presentation by Dr. Mangahas|
AIM RSN Policy Center hosts SWS for survey review and forum
The Asian Institute of Management Rizalino S. Navarro Policy Center for Competitiveness (AIM RSN PCC), in partnership with the Konrad-Adenauer-Stiftung (KAS), hosted the Social Weather Stations (SWS) last 31 January 2017 for the 2017 SWS Survey Review held in AIM.
After opening remarks by AIM RSN PCC Executive Director Jamil Paolo S. Francisco, SWS co-founder and President Dr. Mahar Mangahas discussed the non-partisan, non-profit institute's survey results over the past year, as well as important trends in results between the presidential administrations of Corazon Aquino and Rodrigo Duterte.
Among other trends, Dr. Mangahas noted that while the number of survey participants who have been victimized by crime has been falling over the past two decades, the general fear of crime in neighborhoods has risen. On the other hand, Filipinos tended to be happier and more satisfied with life in 2016 than in previous years. Dr. Mangahas also reviewed SWS coverage of the 2016 elections, as well as the results of SWS surveys on businessmen about their views on corruption and government.
After Dr. Mangahas' presentation, a panel of three speakers invited by the AIM RSN PCC reacted to the results and provided their own insights into survey research. Roby Alampay, editor-in-chief of BusinessWorld and Interaksyon, discussed the Bilang Pilipino project, a data-driven online news platform that emerged from a partnership between media outlets and SWS. He noted how technology made it possible for Bilang Pilipino to keep its finger on the pulse of the people through regular surveys using smartphones.
Dr. Liza Lim, part-time faculty at the Ateneo de Manila University Department of Sociology and Anthropology and executive director of the Institute of Social Order, noted that survey results can provide researchers with a starting point for new inquiries and with snapshots of pressing social issue. She also observed that further analysis can provide insights into the data, noting the example of crime victimization falling as fears rise.
Finally, AIM Clinical Professor and former president and managing director of Hewlett Packard Philippines Albert Mateo noted how the survey results showing widespread support for President Rodrigo Duterte can provide a springboard to concrete action plans from the government on infrastructure and livelihood development and ease of doing business.
An open forum followed the panel, with KAS Country Director Benedikt Seemann delivering the closing remarks.