MANILA – An overwhelming majority of the 1,000 Metro Manila residents aged 18-70 who participated in the May 5-8 run of the NCR COVID-19 Online Panel Survey conducted by PUBLiCUS Asia, Inc. in partnership with Kantar support the continuation of four Enhanced Community Quarantine (ECQ) policies and practices even after the ECQ ends in Metro Manila.
The continuation of the policy on mandatory wearing of face masks in public places garnered the highest level of support among respondents at 90.2%, followed by physical distancing (85%), ban on mass gatherings (79.3%), and curfew hours (76.4%).
The national government has announced that the National Capital Region (NCR) will shift to Modified Enhanced Community Quarantine (MECQ) on May 16, allowing for the reopening of certain industries and even partial operation of non-leisure mall establishments.
“For all intents and purposes, the shift to MECQ signifies a partial re-opening of Metro Manila after two months of restrictive, or even draconian quarantine measures to fight COVID-19. Strong support for continuing strict ECQ policies in the post-ECQ era suggest that public health and safety are still of paramount concern among our panelists, even as we start to test the waters of the New Normal,” said Mr. Aureli Sinsuat, PUBLiCUS Executive Director and spokesperson.
“It appears that our panelists favor a cautious, safety-first approach to re-opening Metro Manila, especially since the data indicate that we still have a lot of work to do to beat COVID-19 in NCR,” 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 COVID-19-related key indicators: Living Standards and Needs during the Enhanced Community Quaratine; National Government Performance; Local Government Performance; Media and Foreign Institutions; Existing/Proposed COVID-19 Policies.
The online fieldwork for all three runs of the survey (April 2-6; April 13-18; May 5-8) was conducted in partnership with Kantar (formerly Lightspeed Research Singapore), which 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.
Kantar is 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 NCR COVID-19 Online Panel Survey can be found here.
Reference: Mr. Aureli C. Sinsuat, PUBLiCUS Executive Director