85% of Filipinos say roads better if public transpo, bikes, pedestrians prioritized over private vehicles

Published January 30, 2021, 8:44 AM

by Ellalyn De Vera-Ruiz

Nine in 10 Filipinos agree that roads in Philippine cities and municipalities will be in a better condition if public transportation, bicycles, and pedestrians are given priority over private vehicles, based on a Social Weather Stations (SWS) survey released late Friday.

(JANSEN ROMERO / MANILA BULLETIN FILE PHOTO)

The survey conducted on Nov. 21-25, 2020 with 1,500 respondents found 87 percent agreeing and 6 percent disagreeing that private transportation, bikes, and pedestrians will be better off if prioritized over private vehicles. 

These translate to a “very strong” net agreement of +81 (percentage of those who agreed minus percentage of those who disagreed).

The SWS terminology for net agreement is as follows, +50 and above (very strong), +30 to +49 (strong), +10 to +29 (moderate), +9 to -9 (neutral), -10 to -29 (poor), -30 to -49 (weak), and -50 and below (very weak).

During the same survey period, SWS found 85 percent of Filipino adults agreeing and 8 percent disagreeing that “it is possible for my city/municipality to become a great place for walking and cycling.”

This gives a net agreement score of +77, classified by SWS as “very strong.”

The two survey questions about public and alternative forms of transportation were sponsored by the Department of Health.

Net agreement that the roads in Philippine cities and municipalities will be better off if public transportation, bicycles, and pedestrians are given priority over private vehicles is also very strong across the board, SWS said.

It is higher in the Visayas (+88) and Metro Manila (+85) compared to Mindanao (+80) and rest of Luzon (+78), and slightly higher in urban areas (+85) than in rural areas (+78).

It is also higher among classes D (+83) and ABC (+82) than among class E (+74), while it is very strong across sex, age group, and educational level, ranging from +74 to +90.

Meanwhile, SWS said net agreement that “it is possible for my city/municipality to become a great place for walking and cycling” is very strong in all basic demographics.

It is higher in the Visayas (+85) and rest of Luzon (+82) than in Metro Manila (+75) and Mindanao (+62).

However, it does not vary in urban (+78) and rural (+76) areas.

By class, it is higher among class ABC (+91) than among classes D (+78) and E (+68).

It is very strong across sex, age group, and educational level, ranging from +69 to +88.

 
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