Tracking how people’s lives are affected by the COVID-19 pandemic can enable policymakers to better understand the situation in their countries and make data-driven policy decisions. To respond to this need, IPA has developed the RECOVR survey—a panel survey that will facilitate comparisons, document real-time trends of policy concern, and inform decision-makers about the communities that are hardest-hit by the economic toll of the pandemic. In the Philippines, IPA is working with the government to assess high-priority policy questions about households’ preparedness for distance learning in the fall, social safety net support, and the impact of the pandemic on remittances.
- 62% of respondents say they stayed home most days or every day in the last week.
- 64% of employed individuals have spent fewer hours working for pay/running a business/helping on a family business than they did in a typical week before the government closed schools.
- 89% of households have received support from the government in response to COVID-19. Of those that are receiving support, 97% are receiving food and 45% are receiving cash.
- 26% of respondents say they have had to limit portion sizes at meal times more than once in the past week.
- Respondents cited lack of access to internet, devices, and learning materials as major barriers children will face if schools do not open in August and instead offer distance learning.