SWS: 71% of Filipinos received pandemic financial aid from gov’t

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President Rodrigo Roa Duterte administers the oath to the officers of the Malacañang Press Corps, Presidential Photojournalists Association, and Malacañang Cameramen Association during a ceremony at the Malacañan Palace on September 10, 2019. KING RODRIGUEZ/PRESIDENTIAL PHOTO

Malacañang welcomed the results of a Social Weather Stations (SWS) survey, which showed that 71 percent of Filipinos said their families received financial assistance from the government amid the COVID-19 pandemic

“This is indeed a fulfillment of President Rodrigo Roa Duterte’s vow to make up for the loss of economic opportunities when quarantine measures were imposed,” Presidential Spokesperson Harry Roque said in a statement.

The SWS survey’s 71 percent figure hardly changed from the 72 percent recorded in July.

The poll also showed that 67 percent of Filipinos said their families received financial aid once, and 29 percent received it twice.

The remaining 2 percent received it thrice, 1 percent received it four times, and 0.21 percent received it five times.

Seventy-one percent whose families received financial assistance said they received an average total of PHP7,531 since the start of the Covid-19 crisis.

The survey also found out financial aid distribution was most widespread and frequent in Metro Manila compared to other areas.

The survey was conducted from Sept. 17 to 20 using mobile phone and computer-assisted telephone interviewing of 1,249 adult Filipinos nationwide.

It had a sampling error margin of ±3 percent for national percentages, ±6 percent for Metro Manila, ±5 percent for Balance Luzon, ±6 percent for the Visayas, and ±6 percent for Mindanao.

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