TAGBILARAN CITY – Those in dire economic woes, who may not enjoy the inclusive growth, tend to commit untoward incidents which may bring up peace and order problems, a former government official said. The official said that crimes, such as snatching or theft, have been in the upward trend in the city alone based on the report of the city police recently. The prevailing crimes of theft and killings may be the result of the economic hardships, he said. This may be committed by those who do not have an opportunity to land a job or livelihood. And they have to survive, he said. Bohol Poll 2014 that conducted an opinion survey showed 62% of the Boholanos said they are “self-rated” poor. Only 5% said they’re not and 34%, “on the line.” Class E of the Boholanos accounts 86% consider themselves as poor. None said that they’re not poor. Class D is at 60% (poor) and the ABC class, 18%. The survey was conducted sometime in April 2014 with 400 respondents —- 100 in Tagbilaran City and 100 each in first, second and third districts, respectively.
Economic activities of Bohol are mainly fueled by farming, which tops the kind of work the Boholanos engaged in with 24%, it said. This followed by transportation services, 10%; construction operator, 8%; Laborer and private employer, 7% apiece; Business (buy and sell) and vendor, 6% apiece; government employee, 5 and cottage industry, 5% apiece; House helper, 2%; construction worker (carpenter), 3%; education, 4%; sales and beauty care, 1% apiece.
Only 49% of the Boholanos said they’re working and 44% not working, the survey said. Seven percent said they’re unpaid family worker. Fifty-three (53%) percent is the biggest of having work and 37% no work in third district; second district — 49% having work and 48% no work; and 1st district — 45% working and 46% no work.
Fifty-three percent of class E said they’re having work and the same figure (53%) of class ABC not working.
Seventy-nine (79%) of the age group of 18-24 said they’re not working and 21%, working. Forty-nine (49%) of age 25-34 have work and 41%, no work; Age 35-44 — 59% working and 37% no work; and 44-above — 49% working and 42% none.
The level of satisfaction and dissatisfaction, the survey said, showed that Bohol total 49% satisfied and 46% dissatisfied of having primary work that resulted to +3% net and 9% undecided.
This (level of satisfaction) has gone down in five-year comparison data. In 2010, the level of net satisfaction went to as high as +32% but it went down to + +20 in 2011; +17% in 2012. It went up, again, to +19 in 2013.
On level of satisfaction and dissatisfaction, among the age group, the 18-24 down to -51% this year from previous years: +24% in 2010; positive one percent in 2011; +62% in 2012; and +2% in 2013.
Seventy-eight percent (78%) of the those surveyed said their dissatisfaction is due to limited/inadequate income while 20% has no job security; and one percent, “distance of the workplace, the survey said.
The survey showed that unemployment rate for Bohol (total) is at 10%. First and second district had 11% apiece and third district, 7%. The age group, 18-24 face the impact of the unemployment with 30%, while the age groups of 25-34 and 35-44 had 12% apiece; and 44 and above, 4%, the survey said.