MANILA – Political consultancy firm PUBLiCUS Asia Inc. reported on Monday that the findings of its latest survey indicate that an overwhelming majority of Metro Manila residents favor the extension of the Luzon Enhanced Community Quarantine (ECQ) to sustain the country’s fight against the COVID-19 pandemic.
Approximately three-fourths or 75% of the 1,000 respondents who participated in the COVID-19 Online Panel Survey said they supported the extension of the quarantine beyond April 15, 2020. The Luzon-wide ECQ is set to be lifted on April 13, while the original Community Quarantine imposed in Metro Manila – the epicenter of the pandemic in the Philippines – was set to expire the day after.
The NCR COVID-19 Survey was designed by PUBLiCUS and conducted in partnership with Singapore-based Lightspeed Research from April 2-6. Lightspeed provided the online panel by selecting respondents aged 18-70 on a random basis, distributed proportionally among the 16 cities and 1 municipality of Metro Manila based on official population data. The survey data was processed and analyzed by VOX Opinion Research, the in-house strategic research arm of PUBLiCUS.
The survey aims to gauge public opinion on the following key indicators: (1) approval rating on the implementation of the Enhanced Community Quarantine (ECQ) in NCR; (2) approval ratings of key public officials and government entities in responding to the pandemic; (3) support for ongoing and potential measures to respond to the pandemic and providing aid to constituents in need; and (4) living standards of Metro Manila residents under the ECQ.
“The results of the NCR COVID-19 Survey will provide government officials and policy-makers with actionable information to implement responsive data-based strategies to effectively combat the COVID-19 pandemic,” said Mr. Aureli Sinsuat, PUBLiCUS Executive Director and spokesperson.
PUBLiCUS will release the full results of the survey during a Virtual Presser scheduled for April 8, 2020 at 11:00 AM.
For Interview/Reference: Mr. Aureli C. Sinsuat, PAI Executive Director