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SWS: Majority of Filipinos still practice COVID-19 prevention measures

Large majorities of Filipinos continue to practice prevention measures against coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19), a special Social Weather Stations national mobile phone survey result released Friday showed.

The SWS survey conducted from July 3 to 6 found out that 76% adult Filipinos said they always use a face mask when going out of their houses, 65% always wash their hands several times a day, and 59% observe physical distancing or one meter  away from other people when outside their homes.

It was conducted shortly after the government relaxed community quarantine protocols in most areas of the country on July 1.

The result hardly changed from the May survey which showed that 77% of adult Filipinos said they always use a face mask, and 68% always wash their hands. However, it fell by 5 points from 64% for those who always observe “physical distance.”

The July survey also showed that wearing of face masks, washing of hands, and observing physical distance were highest in Metro Manila.

It added that observance of safety practices was also highest among college graduates, followed by junior high school graduates, elementary graduates, and lowest in non-elementary graduates.

The survey was conducted using mobile phone and computer-assisted telephone interviewing (CATI) of 1,555 Filipinos aged 18 years and above nationwide: 306 in the National Capital Region, 451 in Balance Luzon (or Luzon outside of Metro Manila), 388 in the Visayas, and 410 in Mindanao

It has sampling error margins of ±2% for national percentages, ±6% for Metro Manila, ±5 for Balance Luzon, ±5% for the Visayas, and ±5% for Mindanao.

SWS said the survey items were non-commissioned and released as a public service. It also employed its own staff for questionnaire design, sampling, fieldwork, data processing, and analysis, and does not outsource any of its survey operations.—AOL, GMA News