70% of Filipinos received COVID-19 financial aid from gov’t – survey

More than 70 percent of Filipino said they received financial assistance from the government since the COVID-19 crisis began, the latest Social Weather Stations (SWS) survey showed. 


The survey, conducted from July 3 to 6 among 1,555 respondents, found that 72 percent of Filipinos claimed their families received cash aid from the government since the start of the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) crisis. 

SWS said that the proportion of those saying their families received financial help from the government was highest in Metro Manila at 85 percent, followed by Balance Luzon at 75 percent, Mindanao at 65 percent, and the Visayas at 64 percent. 

It was 72 percent in both urban and rural areas. Meanwhile, the proportion was higher among non-elementary graduates at 71 percent, elementary graduates at 75 percent, junior high school graduates at 77 percent, and those with some college at 71 percent, compared to college graduates at 58 percent. 

Data were gathered through mobile phone interviews of adult Filipinos 18 years old and above, randomly drawn from a database of mobile phone numbers compiled from SWS national and subnational representative faceto-face surveys since 2017. 

SWS noted the sampling error margins of ±2% for national percentages, ±6% for Metro Manila, and ±5% for Balance Luzon, ±5% Visayas, and ±5% in Mindanao.