MANILA – The results of the second run of the NCR COVID-19 Online Panel Survey indicate that the condition of families in Metro Manila could be worsening over time under the Enhanced Community Quarantine (ECQ).
18.7% of the 1,000 Metro Manila residents aged 18-70 who participated in the survey from April 13-18, 2020 said the status of their family under the ECQ is Bad or Very Bad. 41.8% indicated that the status of their family is neither good nor bad under the ECQ. 39.5% said the status of their family is Good or Very Good.
“The results provide some indication that the overall condition of some families may be deteriorating over time under the ECQ. Good or Very Good family condition has decreased by 8% compared to the April 2-6 run of the survey, while Bad or Very Bad family condition has increased by 3.7%,” said Mr. Aureli Sinsuat, PUBLiCUS Executive Director and spokesperson, during a Virtual Presser held on Monday morning to announce the results of the survey.
Sinsuat also noted that respondents from the three lowest income groups recorded higher incidences of Bad or Very Bad family conditions compared to the 18.7% average across all income groups.
Roughly one-third or 32.29% of respondents from Poor households (monthly income less than PhP 9,520) reported Bad or Very Bad conditions for their families. 22.67% of respondents from Low Income households (between PhP 9,521-19,040 per month) as well as 21.7% from Lower Middle Income households (PhP 19,041-PhP 38,080) also indicated Bad or Very Bad conditions for their families as well.
“The data suggest that underprivileged families are having a particularly difficult time coping with the economic consequences of the ECQ. In this context, the efficient implementation of the Social Amelioration Program and other social welfare initiatives should be a top priority of government in the short-term,” Sinsuat said.
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