National survey logs record-high unemployment in July
In this July 14, 2020, photo, jeepney drivers in Caloocan whose line were not allowed by the Land Transportation Franchising and Regulatory Board to operate ask for alms.
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National survey logs record-high unemployment in July
( - August 17, 2020 - 11:35am

MANILA, Philippines — A national poll released Sunday found that joblessness in the adult labor force is now at a record-high 45.5%.

The survey, conducted by the Social Weather Stations from July 3 to July 6, saw the numbers of unemployed adults shoot up to 27.3 million in July from the 7.9 million recorded in December 2019.

The poll added that these joblessness figures marked "a 28-point increase from 17.5% in December 2019, and a new record-high since the 34.4% in March 2012."

SWS defines jobless adults as those who have left old jobs voluntarily, those seeking jobs for the first time, and those who have lost their jobs "due to economic circumstances beyond their control."

In addition to this, the survey found that 21% of adult Filipinos, "or half of the 42% with no job/livelihood at the time of the interview–lost their job/livelihood during the COVID-19 crisis."

The other 21% lost their jobs before the pandemic-induced crisis.

Meanwhile, 47% of adult Filipinos had a job at the time of the interview and the remaining 11% said they never had a job or livelihood before.

SWS also logged a slightly higher proportion of respondents who lost their jobs during the coronavirus crisis in urban areas at 23% as compared to the 18% in rural areas.

Geographically, Balance Luzon showed the highest numbers of COVID-induced unemployment at 23%, trailed by the Visayas and Mindanao at 19%, then Metro Manila at 18%.

The national poll found that 79% of Filipinos say their quality of life worsened in the last 12 months. An overwhelming majority of these respondents, at 84%, said they had no job or livelihood at the time of the interview.

According to SWS, the record-high surge in national joblessness is consistent across all geographical divisions, genders, and areas both rural and urban.

Unemployment also rose in all adult age groups, with 18-24-year-olds remaining the most jobless as compared to others.

The surveu was conducted among 1,555 adult Filipinos using mobile phone and computer-assisted telephone interviewing. Margin of error is at ±2% for national percentages, ±6% for Metro Manila, and ±5 for Balance Luzon, ±5% for the Visayas, and ±5% for Mindanao.

Latest data from the Department of Health places the national COVID-19 caseload at 161, 253 and fatalities at 2,665.

It has been 153 days since the Philippines was first put under community quarantine — the longest lockdown in the world. — Bella Perez-Rubio

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August 18, 2020 - 4:47pm

Sen. Bong Revilla, who earlier tested positive for COVID-19, was rushed to the hospital, according to his wife Bacoor Mayor Lani Mercado.

"He is being rushed to the hospital. His latest X-ray shows that he has developed pneumonia and isolation in a regular facility is no longer ideal," Mercado says in a Facebook post Tuesday.

August 18, 2020 - 4:23pm

The Department of Health reports 4,836 additional COVID-19 cases in the country, pushing the total number of confirmed cases in the country to 169,213.

The DOH also logs 182 new recoveries, bringing the total of recovered patients to 112,861. The national death toll is now at 2,687 with the addition of 7 new reported deaths.

Total active cases (net of COVID-19 deaths and recoveries) in the Philippines is now at 53,665.

August 17, 2020 - 4:27pm

The Department of Health reports 3,314 additional confirmed cases of COVID-19 in the Philippines, bringing the total cases on the country to 164,474.

The health department also announced 237 new recoveries, pushing the total of recovered patients to 112,759. The national death toll is now at 2,681 following 18 new reported deaths.

The total active COVID-19 cases (net of deaths and recoveries) in the Philippines is now at 49,034.

August 17, 2020 - 2:52pm

President Rodrigo Duterte is under "perpetual isolation" as a precaution against COVID-19, presidential spokesperson Harry Roque says.

According to Roque, there is a velvet rope keeping people six feet away from the president.

In August, Duterte had a meeting with DILG Secretary Eduardo Ano, who later on tested positive for the virus once again.

August 6, 2020 - 4:15pm

The Department of Health on Thursday reports 3,561 additional COVID-19 cases in the country based on tests from 89 out of 98 operational labs. This pushes the national tally of coronavirus cases in the Philippines to 119,460.

The health department also announcs 569 new recoveries, raising the total number of recoveries to 66,867. The national death toll is now at 2,150 with 28 additional fatalities.

The country's total active cases (net of COVID-19 deaths and recoveries) is now at 50,473.

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