Majority of MM residents want ECQ lifted before May 30 — survey

Published April 20, 2020, 12:00 AM

by manilabulletin_admin

By Joseph Almer Pedrajas

Majority of Metro Manila residents want the enhanced community quarantine (ECQ) to be lifted in two to six weeks, according to a survey conducted by a political consultancy firm.

Residents wearing facemasks walk past a roadblock with awarenesses signs after the government imposed an enhanced quarantine as a preventive measure against the COVID-19 novel coronavirus in Manila on March 25, 2020. (Photo by Ted ALJIBE / AFP / MANILA BULLETIN)
Residents wearing facemasks walk past a roadblock with awarenesses signs after the government imposed an enhanced quarantine as a preventive measure against the COVID-19 novel coronavirus in Manila on March 25, 2020. (Photo by Ted ALJIBE / AFP / MANILA BULLETIN)

In the survey conducted by PUBLiCUS Asia from April 13 to 18, 2020 among 1,000 online respondents living in Metro Manila, 31.2 percent said that they would want to end the ECQ on April 30 while 32.0 would want it to end sometime between May 1 and May 30. They comprise the majority of the respondents at 77.8 percent.

Only 14.6 percent said that the ECQ should be lifted on May 31 while 22.2 percent said it should end beyond May 31, the survey, which was released on Monday, added.

The firm revealed that majority of the respondents, at 84.2 percent, approved of the Luzon-wide ECQ and only 6.1 percent disapproved of it. The approval rate increased by 2.2 percent from the previous survey, which was conducted on April 2 to 6.

The survey also disclosed that 16 percent of the respondents have not yet received relief packs from their respective local government units while 79.2 have not yet received financial assistance.

Food and water are the form of assistance that most respondents want to receive from LGUs, at 94.3 percent. It is followed by money, at 93.5 percent; medicine, at 92.4 percent; and free testing kits, at 9.9 percent, the firm said.

In COVID-19 testing, majority—or 68.3 percent—want the government to conduct it on people even without symptoms. 30.5 percent said that testing should only be targeted while only 1.2 percent do not approve of mass testing.

Other policies that the majority of the respondents approved of were:

•Providing frontliners with additional pay (96.5 percent)
• Increasing the number of families qualified for Social Amelioration Program (94.4 percent)
• Providing financial support to small-business owners (92 percent)
• Immediate rolling out of national ID system (86.8 percent)
• Distribution of relief packs to households under quarantine (85.6 percent)
• Provision of government-controlled transport services (85.4 percent)
• Providing financial assistance to middle-class families (83.8 percent)
• Distribution of cash transfers (77.8 percent)
• Allowing the controlled return to work of some employees (68.6 percent)

Providing big-businesses financial assistance received only a minor support, at 43.5 percent.

The firm on its website said that it conducted an independent, non-commissioned online survey entitled “NCR COVID-19 ONLINE PANEL SURVEY” to gauge the opinions and perceptions of respondents on various key variables, which are related to COVID-19 crisis.

The firm added that the survey was done through a purposive sampling method, which “does not provide a sample as representative of the target population as the standard face-to-face random sampling method generally used in Philippine polls” so the results were “not reported as representative of the entire population of Metro Manila.”

 
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