Trust values impact transport and learning in COVID-19

26 Dec

Trust values impact transport and learning in COVID-19

The PAHAYAG End-of-the-Year survey is an independent and non-commissioned poll done by PUBLiCUS Asia Inc. covering the period of December 3-9, 2020. It is a nationwide purposive sampling survey comprised of 1500 respondents drawn from a research panel of approximately 100K Filipinos maintained by a Singapore-based firm. The survey research panel was restricted to registered voters. Parameters based on respondent age and location were also considered in the sample formulation in order for the resulting sample to conform more closely to the features of the voting population as defined by statistics from the COMELEC. The reading was divided by super regions: NCR, Northern and Central Luzon (NCL), Southern Luzon (SL), Visayas (VIS), and Mindanao (MIN).

On the question of how would you rate the overall trustworthiness of the various modes of transportation in ensuring the health of its passengers over long distances, respondents have a high trust rating on international than domestic airlines (~50% vs ~44%). Domestic sea based travel and provincial buses recorded the lowest total high trust ratings at ~33% and 32%, respectively.

Respondents believe that the following safety protocols  should be in bus terminals, airports and seaports: high to near universal selection rates for mask wearing (~95%), social distancing in terminals (~94%), provision of alcohol/sanitizer in terminals (~84%), temperature checks (~83%), face shield wearing (~83%), and one seat apart rules (~81%). Relatively less popular is the prohibition of senior citizens in terminals (~64%)

On blended learning, majority (~75%) indicated that their learners had a neutral or positive response to the blended learning environment, ~25% indicated that their learners had a negative response.

Top issues faced by learners include weak internet connection, lack of focus, and the lack of interaction with teachers. ~60% of respondents indicated that they would prefer their learners to spend most or all of their school time in school rather than at home. ~10% would prefer their learners to spend most of all of their school time at home. in terms of preference, only ~20% preferred blended no face to face, ~26% preferred traditional learning, and ~45% preferred mixed.

Nine (9) modules were analyzed in this run: state of the economy and economic prospects, assessment of COVID-19 responses, national issues, leadership scorecard, emotional quotient of leaders, media consumption habits and responses to media campaigns, predisposition, travel likelihood, and blended learning.

The last PAHAYAG survey was done in August 2020, right after the State of the Nation Address. PUBLiCUS has been doing commissioned surveys as early as 2007 and launched its PAHAYAG brand in 2017 as its CSR, addressing the need for timely, relevant, and actionable information. PUBLiCUS likewise introduced in its PAHAYAG surveys new metrics: Emotional Quotient (or the Love, Care and Solidarity Index), electoral predisposition instead of preference since there are no official list of candidates yet, as well as household sentiments to complement existing optimism metrics. PUBLiCUS also employs its proprietary software (CAPI instead of PAPI) to facilitate the rapid release of results. PUBLiCUS remains committed to ensuring data integrity and the quality of our analytical outputs.

PUBLiCUS currently uses a research panel (i.e. individuals recruited to answer surveys) instead of face-to-face due to the restrictions imposed by COVID-19 and the lockdowns. It is treated as a non-random sample as it did not give every element in the population a nonzero chance of selection, nor did it base sample selection through a fully randomized procedure. Instead, its sample is drawn according to a set of parameters or variables that conform to the population under consideration (i.e. samples have to be a certain age, gender, voter profile, etc.).


Dr. David Yap
Chief Data Scientist
Cellphone: 09171679643