Young men and women attend their graduation ceremony in Pasay City. — PHILIPPINE STAR/EDD GUMBAN
According to a national survey conducted in 2021 by Youth Leadership for Democracy (YouthLed) and Social Weather Stations (SWS), three-quarters of Filipino youth ages 15-30 are optimistic their quality of life will improve over the next five years despite of the pandemic will improve ).
“The survey was conducted to help us as an organization and as a program to show the current perspectives of youth in the country,” Sam Chittick, country representative for the Asia Foundation, said at a news conference presenting the survey results on Friday.
YouthLed, which aims to increase civic engagement, is a project of the Asia Foundation and the United States Agency for International Development (USAID).
The net optimism score of +72 in the State of the Filipino Youth 2021 survey is a significant increase from the +46 in April 1996, when SWS was last commissioned by the National Youth Commission to conduct a comparable large-scale survey ( New York).
The net optimism score is calculated by subtracting those who answered negatively from the number of those who answered positively.
This year’s respondents included 4,900 Filipino youth aged 15-30, of whom 81% were in Class D.
The coronavirus pandemic and the subsequent lockdown are the “most important issue that you [respondents] had in mind,” said SWS Vice President and Chief Operating Officer Gerardo Sandoval in responding to the survey.
Despite the pandemic, survey results reflected positive attitudes towards health, with 66% of respondents describing their health as “good”, an improvement from 51% in 1996.
Almost all or 99% of respondents use traditional media, with three out of four young Filipinos watching the news on TV at least once a week. More respondents find traditional media “very reliable and factual” (20%) than social media (7%).
Traditional mass media (20%) ranked second behind home (24%) as the main influence in seeking clues to a Filipino citizen’s duties. High school (17%) and social media (15%) rounded out the list.
The majority of respondents see their family as guiding their stance on political issues (59%) and their support for government policies and activities (57%).
The survey was conducted from March 14-29, 2021 during general community quarantine (GCQ) and was published this February.
The survey had a margin of error of +/-1.4% at a 95% confidence level for national percentages. — Aaron Michael C.Sy