MANILA - Three out of 4 Filipinos still believe in the saying: "It is better to give than to receive," based on the latest survey by the Social Weather Stations.
The survey, conducted from December 16 to 19, found 74 percent of adult Filipinos saying it is “better to give” gifts this Christmas season, and 22 percent saying it is “better to receive.”
SWS however noted that this was a new record low and was 7 points below the record-high 81 percent in 2017.
"The 7-point decline in the nationwide preference for giving from 2017 to 2018 was due to decreases of 16 points in the Visayas, 8 points in Balance Luzon, and 1 point in Metro Manila, combined with a 3-point increase in Mindanao," SWS said.
Metro Manila registered the highest proportion of those who say it is “better to give” Christmas gifts at 84 percent.
By age group, the proportion of those who say it is “better to give” was highest among the 25-34 year olds at 77 percent. They were followed by 18-24 year olds at 75 percent, 35-44 year olds at 74 percent, 55 years old and above at 74 percent, and 45-54 year olds at 72 percent.
SWS also noted that by social class, the proportion of those who say it is “better to give” fell by 18 points in class ABC, from the record-high 95 percent in 2017 to a record-low 77 percent in 2018.