MANILA – Almost two-thirds of the 1,000 Metro Manila residents aged 18-70 who participated in the second run of the NCR COVID-19 Online Panel Survey conducted by PUBLiCUS Asia, Inc. reported that at least one member of their household has lost their job due to the Enhanced Community Quarantine (ECQ).
64% of respondents answered Yes when asked if there are members of their respective households who lost their job because of the ECQ. Only 36% answered No.
Mr. Aureli Sinsuat, PUBLiCUS Executive Director and spokesperson, noted that the data suggest a “strong negative correlation between income and the likelihood or incidence of job loss.”
“78.12% of respondents from Poor households (earning less than Php 9,520 per month) reported that at least one member of their household had lost their job due to the ECQ. The proportion of respondents who reported job loss in their household decreases as household income increases, with only one-third or 33% of respondents from Rich households (earning more than Php 190,400 monthly) indicating that someone in their household is now unemployed due to the ECQ,” Sinsuat said.
“The high incidence of job loss among low income households is likely due to the fact that members of these households often work blue collar jobs in industries such as construction, manufacturing, public transportation, and retail services, or they could be informal sector workers. They can’t work from home under the ECQ,” he added.
NCR COVID-19 Online Panel Survey is an independent non-commissioned tracking survey designed by PUBLiCUS and VOX Opinion Research (VOX). The survey data was processed and analyzed by VOX, the in-house strategic research arm of PUBLiCUS.
The survey aims to gauge public opinion and perceptions on the following key indicators: Living Standards and Needs during the ECQ; National Government Performance; Local Government Performance; Existing/Proposed COVID-19 Policies.
The online fieldwork for the first run (Apr. 2-6, 2020) and the second run (Apr. 13-18, 2020) of the survey was conducted in partnership with Lightspeed Research/Kantar (Singapore). Lightspeed provided an online panel of 1,000 Metro Manila residents aged 18-70 from its pool of 100,000 Philippine panelists. The number of respondents per city was distributed proportionally based on official population data.
Lightspeed is now the Asia-Pacific headquarters of Kantar, a leading firm in the global data industry with a panel reach of 88 million respondents in 90 markets worldwide according to its website.
More information on the purposive sampling methodology and panel selection process of the survey can be found here.
Reference: Mr. Aureli C. Sinsuat, PUBLiCUS Executive Director