On the SWS COVID-19 Mobile Phone Survey

The Palace is pleased with the Social Weather Stations (SWS) 2020 COVID-19 Mobile Phone Survey conducted May 4-10, 2020, showing 84% of Filipinos believe that strict stay-at-home measures due to COVID-19 “are worth it to protect people and limit the spread of the virus.”

President Rodrigo Roa Duterte has, indeed, acted decisively when he imposed an enhanced community quarantine and stringent social distancing measures over the entire Luzon area following the sharp increase in the number of confirmed COVID-19 cases.

The decision, we have to stress, is not an easy one because as we protect the health and safety of our people, the means of livelihood and the economy have been greatly affected. We thus thank our people for understanding the consequences of this presidential directive.

Having said this, we are confident that our nation will be on economic rebound as long as we continue to heed the advice of our authorities that we observe minimum public health standards, such as staying at home, observing proper hygiene, wearing of face mask and maintaining physical and social distancing.