Quarantine Survey says Filipinos feel more positive emotions, concern for others tops responses

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The Veritas team continues to care for street dwellers who continue to find reasons to smile despite the community quarantine. Photo from Veritas 846khz Facebook.

Filipinos are finding more reasons to be positive in this time of lockdown to stop the spread of COVID 19, with concern for others topping the Quarantine Survey responses.

The Veritas Truth Survey (VTS) conducted during the month-long quarantine from March 15 to April 15, 2020, revealed three positive emotions topping responses from residents of the island of Luzon. The Philippine island has been on lockdown for over a month in an effort to control the coronavirus disease.

The Radio Veritas-initiated survey results released on April 18, 2020, revealed that Filipinos in the lockdown area registered 3 Positive Emotions within the top 5 responses: Concerned for Others, Safe, Hopeful.

Two other positive emotions, Relaxed and Thankful, complete the 5 positive emotions that account for 68.6% of all the emotions felt by the respondents.

Concern for Others was the top emotional response. Veritas says this implies the “altruistic” predisposition of the respondents towards their family members and loved ones who are currently not physically present with them in areas under community quarantine.

The quarantine survey also says the top emotional response to the quarantine “may likewise be directed towards those in the ‘frontline’ in our fight against this COVID19 Health Crisis”. Frontliners may either be a family member, relative, friend, acquaintance or compatriot.

The Veritas Truth Survey ranking as follows (from the dominant to the least prevailing):

  1. Concerned for others – 27.10%
  2. Safe – 20.90%
  3. Worried – 19.40%
  4. Hopeful – 15.30%
  5. Bored – 5%
  6. Thankful – 4.10%
  7. Stressed – 3.50%,
  8. Sad – 2.90%
  9. Relaxed 1.20%
  10. Helpless – 0.60%.

The negative emotions — Worried, Bored, Helpless, Sad and Stressed — at 31.4% “denotes that overall Luzon respondents under home isolation see this ECQ more positive rather than negative,” says the survey.

The Veritas Truth Survey responses were gathered through a text-based and online data gathering process led by Bro. Clifford Sorita, a sociologist.

The Catholic Church-run Radio Veritas in the Philippines celebrated the Holy Week while under lockdown, live streaming masses, Visita Iglesia virtual tours, and receiving online prayer requests.

Caritas Manila also collaborated with Filipino businesses to provide 1 Billion worth of relief to poor families affected by the community quarantine to stop COVID-19.

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Aurora Quadra-Balibay
Angie is a self-confessed reformed news critic who vows she has finally found infinite value in delivering the good news. She teaches students of all ages how to make the important interesting for audiences across media platforms.