6 in 10 Filipinos want to help Marawi City victims, says SWS survey

Marawi City destruction. Image capture of video by ABS-CBN News via YouTube
  • 60% of SWS survey respondents said they want to help Marawi City victims
  • Half of the respondents also said they want to offer prayers while the other half said they will be donating in cash or in kind
  • Rehabilitation is already starting for the city caught in a 5-month-long war

Majority of Filipinos said they are willing to help out the residents of Marawi City whose houses and properties were destroyed by the 5-month-long war there.

A survey by the polling firm Social Weather Stations (SWS) found that 60% of their respondents expressed intent to extend help to the siege victims.

Of this portion, 27% said they are “very ready to help” while “33% said they are “somewhat ready”. The remaining 40% were divided among the responses “undecided”, “somewhat unready” or “very unready”.

Half of the respondents, meanwhile, said they would like to offer prayers to to the victims while the other half said they would be donating goods either in kind or in cash.

Most of those who are ready to give aid come from Mindanao (70%), followed by Metro Manila (68%). Visayas and balance Luzon also had high readiness rates at 57% and 54%, respectively.

“That’s an affirmation of the bayanihan spirit of the Filipino. Sixty percent is an overwhelming majority. We thank the people for the support that they have shown to the victims of Marawi atrocities,” Sun Star quoted Presidential Spokesperson Harry Roque.

The survey was conducted from September 23 to 27 weeks ahead of the Philippine government’s announcement that Marawi City has been liberated from terrorists.

The announcement came after the military declared top terrorist leaders Isnilon Hapilon and Omar Maute dead in mid-October.

Residents were allowed to return to their homes starting October 29, but much of the city was left in shambles due to the long battle and the release of airstrikes.

Task Force Bangon Marawi, headed by Housing and Urban Development Coordinating Council Chairperson Eduardo del Rosario, currently oversees the rehabilitation of the city.