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69% Filipinos received financial aid from gov’t amid pandemic — SWS

 By Rjay Zuriaga Castor

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MANILA, Philippines — Since the onset of COVID-19 pandemic in the country, 69% of Filipino families said they received money-help from the national government, Social Weather Stations (SWS) revealed Thursday. 

According to the November 21-25 survey, 1,500 respondents were asked the question: “Since the beginning of the Covid-19 crisis, did your family receive help like money from any branch or agency of government?"

The poll body said results were similar to the 71% in September 2020 and the 72% in July 2020, implying that there has been no increase in the recipients of the government’s cash subsidy between July and November 2020. 

The survey showed that the proportion of those saying their families received financial aid from the government was highest in Metro Manila (83%), followed by Balance Luzon (68%), the Visayas (67%), and Mindanao (63%). 

Further, the survey noted that the proportion of those saying their families received financial assistance from government was higher among families with elementary graduate household head (75%), junior high school graduate (71%), non-elementary graduate (61%), and least on households with college graduates (46%).

The survey also revealed that 7% of families received money-help from the private sector since the Covid-19 crisis started.

Cross-tabulation showed that, since the beginning of the Covid-19 crisis, 63% of families received money-help purely from the government, 2% received money-help purely from the private sector, 5% received money-help from both the government and the private sector, and 29% did not receive any money-help at all.

The national government is doling out cash aid through its social amelioration program to help Filipinos affected by the pandemic.


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