45 pct of Filipinos 'not much' aware of ASEAN - SWS


Posted at Mar 14 2018 11:17 AM

President Duterte leads other state leaders in the group photo at the opening ceremony of the 30th Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) Summit at the Philippine International Convention Center (PICC) in Pasay City on Saturday. Jonathan Cellona, ABS-CBN News/Pool

But 79 percent of Filipinos say the country benefits from the international bloc

MANILA - About 45 percent of Filipino adults were "not much aware" of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations, while another 20 percent were not at all aware of the international bloc, a survey released by the Social Weather Stations on Wednesday found.

Eight percent of the 1,200 respondents said they were aware of the organization "a lot," while another 24 percent said they know of it "quite a bit."

The proportion of those with a lot of awareness about ASEAN was highest in Metro Manila at 17 percent, followed by Mindanao at 8 percent, Visayas at 7 percent, and Balance Luzon at 5 percent.

Those with no awareness at all about ASEAN were highest in Mindanao at 30 percent, followed by Visayas at 24 percent, Balance Luzon at 16 percent, and Metro Manila at 13 percent.

The Philippines was one of the 5 founding members of ASEAN, which prides itself for consensus-building and non-interference among the 10 nations of Southeast Asia. President Duterte chaired the ASEAN Summit last year.

The same SWS survey said about 79 percent of the respondents said the Philippines benefits from being a member of the 10-nation bloc. Only 3 percent said it did not.

It said majorities in all areas said the Philippines benefit from being a member: 88 percent in Metro Manila, 82 percent in Balance Luzon, 74 percent in the Visayas, and 70 percent in Mindanao.

The December 8 to 16 SWS survey had sampling error margins of +/- 3 percent for national percentages.