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According to a survey by Social Weather Stations, there are at least 3.5 million Filipinos that got stranded due to the lockdown measures imposed to control COVID-19 transmission.
According to a latest survey by Social Weather Stations, about 3.5 million adult Filipinos got locally-stranded in other places because of the strict community quarantine measures imposed across the country due to the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) pandemic.
“This is almost the same as, though a slight 0.3 point below, the 5.4% (est. 4.1 million) working-age persons (15 years old and above) stranded by community quarantines in May 2020. The differences are not statistically significant between these two probability samples,” the pollster explained.
In a previous poll conducted last May, the number hardly changed from the estimated 4.1 million adult Filipinos who got stranded by the community quarantine in the previous months.
The number of those who informed to be stranded was the highest in July among permanent residents of Balance Luzon (Luzon outside of Metro Manila) which is at 1.28 million, and Mindanao at 1.26 million.
Among the total number of stranded persons, 2.4 million were men, and 1.3 million were women.
The survey was conducted from July 3 to 6 through mobile phone and computer-assisted phone interviews of 1,555 adult Filipinos, which contained sampling error margins of ±2% for national percentages, ±6% for Metro Manila, ±5% for Balance Luzon, ±5% for the Visayas, and ±5% for Mindanao.
It was also carried out before thousands of locally-stranded persons came to Rizal Memorial Stadium in Manila to take part in the national government’s ‘Hatid Tulong’ program in hopes of getting a ride to their home provinces. This program, however, solicited concern on the evident failure in observing physical distancing in the venue.
From the beginning of August until the 18th, Metro Manila and nearby provinces like Cavite, Laguna, Bulacan, and Rizal will be placed under modified enhanced community quarantine to provide medical professionals a ‘breather’ and time to recalibrate the protocols in pandemic response.