Only 39% of Filipino families with distance learners have strong internet connection for online schooling — SWS

Published March 5, 2021, 8:38 PM

by Ellalyn De Vera-Ruiz

29% have fair, 31% have weak connection

The Social Weather Stations (SWS) has found that 39 percent of Filipino families with household members enrolled through online distance learning has “strong” internet connection, based on its survey results released on Friday, March 5.


SWS said the 39 percent of online distance learning (ODL) families, or households with members five to 20 years old and currently enrolled through ODL, is the sum of 26 percent who said their internet connection is “somewhat strong” and the 14 percent who said it is “very strong.”

Meanwhile, 31 percent of ODL families said their internet connection is “weak,” with 21 percent saying it is “somewhat weak” and 9 percent saying it is “very weak.”

The remaining 29 percent said the strength of their internet connection is fair.

SWS conducted the nationwide survey on Nov. 21-25, 2020 with 1,500 respondents.

By area, the percentage of households with strong internet connection is 46 percent in Balance Luzon, higher compared to 36 percent in Metro Manila, 38 percent in the Visayas, and 30 percent in Mindanao.

Meanwhile, at least one-fourth of ODL families have weak internet connection–36 percent in Mindanao, 34 percent in Metro Manila, 33 percent in the Visayas, and 25 percent in Balance Luzon.