Commuting to work became harder for workers during the coronavirus disease 2019 (Covid-19) pandemic, or “very much harder,” according to a latest Social Weather Stations (SWS) survey released on Friday.
The SWS survey showed 42 percent of Filipinos who are not doing home-based work said that going to work is now more difficult amid the pandemic. It also showed that 19 percent of the respondents said going to work is somewhat harder due to the health crisis; slightly harder now (11 percent); and 28 percent said it is still the same as before.
Also, around 44 percent said they had to walk to their workplaces daily.
“The national Social Weather Survey of November 21-25, 2020, found 42 percent of non-home-based working Filipinos saying going to work is very much harder than before the Covid-19 pandemic. Forty-four percent of them walk to work,” SWS said in its report.
“Non-home-based workers were also asked, ‘What mode of transportation do you use most commonly to travel to your work?’ […] To this, 44 percent volunteered to answer that they walk to work, making it the most common means of getting to work,” it added.
After walking, the SWS survey showed that workers use their own motorcycles (24 percent); or rode tricycles (14 percent), jeepneys/multi-cabs (8 percent), bicycles (5 percent), bus (3 percent), private car (3 percent), and motorboat/banca (1 percent).
“Obtaining marginal scores are taxi/transport network vehicle service or TNVS (e.g., Grab) (0.4 percent), pedicab (0.4 percent), train (0.2 percent), carabao (0.2 percent), truck (0.2 percent, e-bike (0.2 percent), and airplane (0.1 percent),” SWS polling firm noted.
SWS said the survey was conducted from November 21 to 25, 2020, when quarantine restrictions were more relaxed than in the recent weeks.
However, SWS said that it appears commuting is perceived to be the hardest in Mindanao, followed by Visayas, Metro Manila, and then the rest of Luzon. SOVEREIGNPH