Half of Filipinos comfortable about going to work, church if virus lockdowns end – SWS

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Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, July 31) — Filipinos are divided about physically going to work and attending church even if community quarantine measures are lifted, according to results of a nationwide survey released Friday.

A non-commissioned poll by Social Weather Stations early this month showed that around five in 10 or 55 percent of Filipinos “feel comfortable” about leaving their homes for work in case the lockdowns end in August. Forty percent said otherwise.

A total of 1,555 adults from different parts of the country were interviewed via phone from July 3 to 6.

Respondents from Mindanao are most confident about going to work at 64 percent, followed by residents from Luzon at 55 percent, the Visayas at 50 percent, and Metro Manila at 45 percent.

The National Capital Region has the most number of confirmed COVID-19 cases at 48,389. That is more than half of the total 89,374 infections nationwide.

Meanwhile, 45 percent of the respondents are comfortable about attending religious services in a church or mosque. A slightly higher 54 percent prefer not to.

Comfort about going to church is again highest in Mindanao at 56 percent, followed by the Visayas at 47 percent, Luzon and 40 percent, and Metro Manila at 39 percent.

Across religious denominations, Muslims are most comfortable about going to the mosques at 71 percent, followed by Iglesia ni Cristo devotees at 58 percent, Christians at 47 percent, other-non-Christian religious at 43 percent, and Roman Catholics at 41 percent.

Many churches have been holding online services since March as the government prohibited mass gatherings. Restrictions have been eased, allowing places of worship to accommodate 10 percent of the venue capacity in areas under general community quarantine, while up to 50 percent is allowed in those under the most relaxed modified GCQ.

On Friday, President Rodrigo Duterte extended the GCQ status in Metro Manila until August 15, while Cebu City further eased from a modified ECQ to GCQ. The following areas are also under GCQ: Bulacan, Batangas, Cavite, Laguna, and Rizal for Luzon; Lapu-Lapu City, Mandaue City, Talisay City, Minglanilla and Consolacion for the Visayas; and Zamboanga City for Mindanao. The rest of the country is under modified GCQ.