About 86 percent of Filipino families with household members enrolled in online distance learning (ODL) are spending an average of P901 per month as additional expenses for internet connection, based on the Social Weather Stations (SWS) survey results released on Friday, March 5.
SWS found that only 3 percent of Filipino families have no additional spending, while 2 percent said they get free internet. Nine percent did not give an amount.
The nationwide survey was conducted on Nov. 21-25, 2020 using face-to-face interviews of 1,500 adults.
The survey items were directed to the household head with members five to 20 years old and currently enrolled through ODL.
SWS said the percentage of ODL families that spend extra for internet connection is higher in the Visayas (95 percent) and Mindanao (91 percent) than in Balance Luzon (86 percent), and Metro Manila (80 percent).
It is also higher in rural areas (93 percent) than in urban areas.
By area, the average additional monthly spending for internet connection is highest in Metro Manila at P1,032 (median: P899), followed by Balance Luzon at P958 (median: P800), Visayas at P794 (median: P800), and Mindanao at P677 (median: P500).
Moreover, SWS found that 56 percent of ODL families are using prepaid internet connection, 41 percent using postpaid connection, and 5 percent renting internet.
It explained that the last group are those who go to internet shops to rent internet-equipped computer terminals at time-bound rates.
The percentage of households that use prepaid connections is higher in the Visayas (64 percent) and Mindanao (61 percent) than in Balance Luzon (55 percent), and Metro Manila (51 percent).
The percentage that rent internet connection is also higher in the Visayas and Mindanao, with at least one out of 10 families saying they avail of rental services.
Meanwhile, postpaid connection is more common in Metro Manila (49 percent) and Balance Luzon (46 percent) than in Mindanao (27 percent), and the Visayas (26).