Studies find that Filipinos are pessimistic about the pandemic
The Manulife Asia Care Survey has found that 58 per cent of Filipinos believe that the number of COVID-19 cases in the country is unlikely to slow down and would get more serious until the end of the year.
According to the survey, which was conducted in late May — before the Philippines emerged as Southeast Asia’s coronavirus hot spot — Filipinos were already the second most pessimistic in the region on the likelihood that COVID-19 would slowdown in the next six months.
Another study — the Social Weather Stations (SWS) survey conducted during the lockdown among 1,555 Filipino adults nationwide — showed 79 per cent of the respondents claimed that their lives worsened in the last 12 months.
Only 8 per cent said that life became better (gainers), while 12 per cent said that life remained the same.
SWS said that it has never recorded such low numbers in its 37 years of existence that it was forced to split the bottom score category into two parts — extremely low and catastrophically low.
According to The Manulife Asia Care Survey, Filipinos’ pessimism level is well above the 41 per cent average among the eight markets surveyed by Manulife in Asia and only ranks behind Indonesians, who emerged as the most defeatist in the region.
Amid their gloomy outlook, Filipinos have expressed concern about the pandemic’s long-term impact on the local economy and their day-to-day living.
The president is expected to announce new quarantine classifications in the country on August 17.
The Philippines so far has 147,526 confirmed Covid-19 cases with 2,426 deaths and 70,387 recoveries.