Thursday , June 21, 2018

Survey says most Pinoys ready to help Marawi victims

SIX out of 10 adult Filipinos have expressed willingness to provide assistance to the victims of the armed conflict in Marawi City, the latest Social Weather Stations (SWS) survey revealed Tuesday, November 21.

The survey, conducted on September 23 to 27, found that about half of those willing to help were "very ready" to assist displaced families in Marawi, while the other half were "somewhat ready."

SWS said about half, or 54 percent, of the respondents want to offer prayers for the Marawi victims; 51 percent want to donate relief goods; 49 percent to donate clothes; and 16 percent to donate money.

Thirteen percent also sought to personally work in packing or delivering relief goods; 49 percent were considering to offer own house; two percent planned to offer free transportation or rides; and 0.1 percent considered to buy free medicines for the displaced individuals.

Only 20 percent, or one in five individuals, was not ready -- 11 percent "somewhat unready," and nine percent "very unready" -- to give aid.

Another 20 percent was ambivalent on the matter.

Readiness to offer assistance to victims of Marawi crisis is highest in Mindanao at 70 percent, followed by Metro Manila (68 percent), Visayas (57 percent), and Balance Luzon (54 percent).

It is also higher among classes ABC (66 percent), D (61 percent), and E (53 percent).

Presidential Spokesperson Harry Roque welcomed the survey results.

"That’s an affirmation of the bayanihan spirit of the Filipino. Sixty percent is an overwhelming majority. We thank the people for the support that they have shown to the victims of Marawi atrocities," he said in a press conference.

The armed conflict in Marawi ended on October 23, although clearing operations are still ongoing.

Fighting broke out between government troops and Maute militants inspired by global terror group Islamic State on May 23, shortly after government failed to arrest local terrorist leader Isnilon Hapilon.

Hapilon and Omar Maute, one of the leaders of the Maute Group, were killed on October 16 in Marawi. A day later, on October 17, President Rodrigo Duterte declared the city liberated of terrorists.

The five-month battle claimed over 1,000 lives and devastated the city. Thousands of families were displaced.

SWS interviewed 1,500 adult respondents, using sampling error margins of ±3 percentage points for national percentages, ±4 percentage points for Balance Luzon, and ±6 percentage points each for Metro Manila, the Visayas and Mindanao). (SunStar Philippines)