4 in 5 Filipinos say 'strict stay at home' measures 'worth it' to fight COVID-19


Posted at Jun 04 2020 02:23 PM | Updated as of Jun 04 2020 03:34 PM

A resident barred from entering a street hands items to a friend at a blockade in Kagitingan street, Tondo Manila on March 29, 2020. George Calvelo, ABS-CBN News​

MANILA - Four in 5 Filipinos believe "strict stay-at-home measures" are "worth it" to address the spread of COVID-19, an independent Social Weather Stations (SWS) survey released Thursday showed.

Out of 4,010 respondents, 84 percent said strict stay-at-home measures are "worth it to protect people and limit the spread of coronavirus," while 15 percent said quarantine measures place "too many burdens on people." One percent answered both.

The respondents were only given those 2 answers to choose from when asked for their opinion on "strict stay at home measures," SWS said, without using the word "lockdown."

Metro Manila on Monday eased one of the world's longest virus lockdowns at 77 days. The severe restrictions put the economy on the path to a recession, endangering jobs.

The number of people who approve of quarantine measures was highest in Metro Manila, Balance Luzon, and Visayas at 84 percent, versus Mindanao at 81 percent.

It was "equally high" in areas under strict lockdown or enhanced community quarantine (ECQ) at 84 percent and general community quarantine (GCQ) at 83 percent, SWS said.

At the time, areas under ECQ include: Metro Manila, Central Luzon, Calabarzon, Benguet, Pangasinan, Iloilo, Cebu, Bacolod City, and Davao City. All other areas were under GCQ.

The pollster found such sentiment was popular among those who reached college at 88 percent, followed by high school graduates (83 percent), those who reached junior high school (77 percent), and non-elementary graduates (75 percent.)

The view was also more popular with women (86 percent) versus men (82 percent).

The survey, patterned after a US health tracking poll, was conducted from May 4 to 10 using mobile and computer-assisted telephone interviewing of Filipinos aged 15 and above. It had a sampling error margin of ±2 percent for national percentages.