Almost every Filipino is hopeful in welcoming the year 2020, according to the report released by the Social Weather Stations (SWS) a few days prior to the new year.
The survey respondents were asked the question: “Ang darating ba na taon ay iyong sasalubungin nang may pag-asa o may pangamba?” (It is with hopes or with fears that you enter the coming year?).
In the latest SWS survey conducted from December 13 to 16 and released on December 27, results showed 96 percent of Filipinos said they are hopeful come 2020.
The number of Filipinos with positive outlook towards the new year is 4 percent much higher compared to the result of the survey conducted in 2018 which registered at 92 percent.
This year’s last quarter survey results marked one of the highest rates of Filipinos entering the coming year with hope in the last 10 years, a number that matched the 2017 survey results.
Filipinos’ “Hope for the New Year has always been high”, says SWS, noting that the lowest results of the past years at 92 percent recorded in 2012, 2015, and 2018, is still considered high.
A total of 1,200 Filipino adults participated in the SWS survey through face-to-face interviews, with 300 interviewees each from 4 regions of the country – Metro Manila, Luzon, Visayas, and Mindanao.
The SWS 4th quarter survey results applied sampling error margins of ±3% for national percentages, and ±6% each for Metro Manila, Luzon, Visayas, and Mindanao.
Looking back, a lot of positive things happened in the Philippines in 2019.
2019 is a record-breaking year for the tourism sector, with the Department of Tourism recording the 8-millionth arrival of foreign tourists in the Philippines, surpassing the 7.1 million in 2018 – and the year isn’t over yet!
Moreover, the country successfully hosted the 30th Southeast Asian Games where the Philippines emerged as the overall champion. The regional biennial games were held in newly restored and newly erected world class sports facilities.
Filipino unity also received international recognition for setting new records in different events: the Largest Umbrella Mosaic Formed by People done by the Lasallian community in De La Salle University – Dasmarinas in Cavite, the Largest Filipino Folk Dance the people of Sorsogon staged to celebrate the 125th founding anniversary of their province, and the Largest Number of Living Figures in Nativity Scene organized and participated by the people of San Jose del Monte in Bulacan.
In addition, the Philippine National Railways acquired new railway trains that promise to ease the traffic flow in the metro and help the commuters from Laguna to Manila and vice versa.
SEND cheers to the Filipino people for always remaining hopeful in the new year!
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