Fifty-three percent of Filipino families received assistance in the form of money or other goods during the fourth quarter of 2022, results of a survey conducted by the Social Weather Stations (SWS) showed.

The survey, conducted from Dec. 10 to 14, 2022, revealed that the most common form of assistance Filipino families received during the time was monetary aid, with 32 percent of families receiving it.

Twenty-five percent of families received food assistance, followed by borrowed money (6 percent), non-food items (2 percent), educational or training assistance (2 percent), various types of services (2 percent) and employment opportunities (2 percent).

The government was the primary source of assistance for 60 percent of the families, followed by relatives (37 percent) and friends (11 percent).

Private individuals who were neither relatives nor friends provided assistance to 5 percent of families, while private companies, non-governmental organizations, and religious organizations helped 3 percent, 3 percent, and 1 percent of families, respectively.

As per the SWS, the proportion of families who did not receive any assistance was greater in Visayas, with 54 percent, as opposed to Metro Manila, Balance Luzon, and Mindanao, which had an equal percentage of 46 percent.

The survey involved conducting face-to-face interviews with 1,200 adults aged 18 and above nationwide, with 300 participants in Metro Manila, Balance Luzon, Visayas and Mindanao. John Ezekiel J. Hirro