Manila Bulletin

Filipinos find gov't COVID re­sponse ad­e­quate — SWS

- By DHEL NAZARIO Social Weather Stations · Nigeria · Saudi Arabia · Namibia

Three spe­cific ar­eas of the gov­ern­ment's coro­n­avirus dis­ease (COVID19) re­sponse are ad­e­quate ac­cord­ing to a ma­jor­ity of Filipinos, the lat­est So­cial Weather Sta­tions (SWS) sur­vey showed.

The sur­vey, con­ducted Sept. 17-20 among 1,249 re­spon­dents, found out that the ma­jor­ity con­sider gov­ern­ment ac­tions to be "ad­e­quate" (per­cent­age of very ad­e­quate plus per­cent­age of some­what ad­e­quate) in three out of four ar­eas of con­cern.

These are en­sur­ing the public has enough in­for­ma­tion on how to fight COVID-19 at 71 per

cent, en­sur­ing there will be ex­ten­sive con­tact trac­ing at 67 per­cent, and en­sur­ing there is af­ford­able COVID-19 test­ing na­tion­wide at 54 per­cent.

They were asked: “Sa pangkala­hatan, gaano po kas­apat ang mga gi­na­gawa ng gob­y­erno sa mga sumusunod up­ang la­banan ang COVID19? (Ta­la­gang sapat, Medyo sapat, Hindi tiyak kung sapat o hindi, Medyo hindi sapat, Ta­la­gang hindi sapat) (In gen­eral, how ad­e­quate are the ac­tions of gov­ern­ment in the fol­low­ing ac­tiv­i­ties to fight COVID-19? (Very ad­e­quate, Some­what ad­e­quate, Un­de­cided if ad­e­quate or not, Some­what in­ad­e­quate, Very in­ad­e­quate)”:

– Paninig­uro na mabi­gyan ng sapat na tu­long ang mga taong nawalan ng tra­baho/pinagkakak­i­taan dahil sa COVID-19 sa buong bansa (En­sur­ing the pro­vi­sion of ad­e­quate help to peo­ple who have lost their job/liveli­hood be­cause of COVID-19 na­tion­wide)

– Paninig­uro na ang pub­liko ay nakakakuha ng sapat na im­por­masyon kung paano la­banan ang COVID-19 sa buong bansa (En­sur­ing that the public gets enough in­for­ma­tion on how to fight COVID-19 na­tion­wide)

– Paninig­uro ng malawakang “con­tact trac­ing” o pagha­hanap ng mga taong nakasala­muha ng taong may COVID-19 sa buong bansa (En­sur­ing that there will be an ex­ten­sive con­tact trac­ing of peo­ple who were in con­tact with per­sons with COVID-19 na­tion­wide)

– Paninig­uro na may abot kayang COVID-19 test­ing sa buong bansa para sa mga taong nan­gan­gailan­gan nito (En­sur­ing that there is af­ford­able COVID-19 test­ing na­tion­wide for peo­ple who need it)

On in­form­ing the public, 22 per­cent said they are in­ad­e­quate while 6 per­cent were un­de­cided.

On “en­sur­ing that there will be an ex­ten­sive con­tact trac­ing of peo­ple who were in con­tact with per­sons with

COVID-19 na­tion­wide,” 23 per­cent said they are in­ad­e­quate (7 per­cent very in­ad­e­quate, 16 per­cent some­what in­ad­e­quate) while 9 per­cent were un­de­cided.

On “en­sur­ing that there is af­ford­able COVID-19 test­ing na­tion­wide for peo­ple who need it,” 33 per­cent said they are in­ad­e­quate (13 per­cent very in­ad­e­quate, 20 per­cent some­what in­ad­e­quate) while 11 per­cent were un­de­cided.

SWS said, how­ever, that when it comes to en­sur­ing the pro­vi­sion of ad­e­quate help for peo­ple who lost their job and liveli­hood, only 44 per­cent be­lieve gov­ern­ment ac­tions are ad­e­quate, 46 per­cent said they are in­ad­e­quate, while 9 per­cent were un­de­cided.

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 sub-na­tional rep­re­sen­ta­tive faceto-face sur­veys since 2017.

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