Adult Filipinos wary of high health risk in grocery trips, attending worship services

Published October 8, 2020, 3:02 PM

by Dhel Nazario

Some 77 percent of adult Filipinos consider it a health risk to go to the grocery store while 69 percent hold the same sentiment toward attending religious services right now, the latest Social Weather Stations (SWS) survey showed.

In this photo taken on September 2, 2020, a shopper (L) wearing a face shield checks out at a supermarket in Manila. (Photo by Ted ALJIBE / AFP / MANILA BULLETIN)

The survey conducted September 17-20, 2020 among 1,249 respondents found that 77 percent consider it risky ( percentage of very risky plus percentage somewhat risky) to their health and well-being to go to the grocery store/market, and 69 percent consider it risky to attend religious services.

SWS said that among the 52 percent with a job/livelihood at the time of the interview, 65 percent consider it also risky to go to their place of work right now.

Sixteen percent consider it a little risky to go to the supermarket, and four percent consider it not risky. The remaining two percent volunteered to say that they do not go to the grocery store/market.

The survey showed that by area, the proportion of those who consider it risky to go to the grocery store/market right now is highest in Balance Luzon at 80 percent, followed by Metro Manila at 76 percent, the Visayas at 75 percent, and Mindanao 74 percent.

Eighteen percent consider it a little risky to attend religious services, and eight percent consider it not risky. The remaining 5 percent volunteered to say that they do not attend religious services.

Those who consider it risky to attend religious services right now are highest in the Visayas at 76 percent, followed by Balance Luzon 70 percent, Metro Manila at 69 percent, and Mindanao 62 percent.

SWS said that 16 percent consider it a little risky, and 10 percent consider it not risky to go to their workplace.

The remaining 4 percent volunteered to say that they are working from home, while another 4 percent volunteered to say that they are employed but not working at the moment.

The proportion of those with jobs/livelihood at the time of the survey is 57 percent in Balance Luzon, 52 percent in Metro Manila, 51 percent in Mindanao, and 43 percent in the Visayas.

Among them, those who consider it risky to go to their place of work are highest in Metro Manila at 68 percent, followed by Balance Luzon at 66 percent, the Visayas at 65 percent, and Mindanao at 62 percent.

 
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