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Self-Sustained Quality of Life Monitoring: The Philippine Social Weather Reports

  • Mahar Mangahas
  • Linda Luz Guerrero
Part of the Social Indicators Research Series book series (SINS, volume 17)

Abstract

In the Philippines, measurement of social indicators covering Quality of Life and other social concerns has been institutionalized by means of a unique Social Weather Reporting system. The Social Weather Reports are based on a series of national surveys operated on a self-sustaining, syndicate-cum-omnibus basis by a private research institute which operates as an “enterprising non-profit.” The surveys began on a semestral basis in 1986 and have been run quarterly since 1992. Among their regular topics are self-rated poverty, QOL gaining/losing and optimism/pessimism, victimization by common crimes, satisfaction with the performance of government institutions and officials, public opinion on contemporaneous critical issues, and electoral prospects. Since the topics all deal with public issues, subscribers to the Social Weather Reports are mostly from the public sector, plus some corporate and diplomatic institutions. Access of non-subscribers to the survey findings is on a delayed basis; all surveys are archived for public use. The most important factors behind the success of the Social Weather Reports have been their consistent focus on indicators of democracy and governance and their record in predicting the outcomes of the 1992, 1995, and 1998 national elections in the Philippines.

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Authors and Affiliations

  • Mahar Mangahas
    • 1
  • Linda Luz Guerrero
    • 1
  1. 1.Social Weather StationsPhilippines

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