By Ellalyn De Vera-Ruiz
Eight in 10 Filipinos believe that the Philippines benefits significantly from being a member of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN), based on a survey conducted by the Social Weather Stations (SWS).
The nationwide survey conducted on Dec. 8 to 16, 2017, with 1,200 respondents, found 79 percent of Filipinos saying that the Philippines benefits from being an ASEAN member-state.
The number is composed of 15 percent who said it greatly benefits us; 24 percent largely benefits; 31 percent somewhat benefits; and 9 percent benefits only a little of the country.
The remaining three percent said the Philippines does not benefit from being a member, two percent have never heard of the ASEAN, and 17 percent have no answer or “don’t know.”
The respondents were particularly asked, “generally speaking, would you say that the Philippines benefits or does not benefit from being a member of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations or ASEAN?”
They were asked to choose if it greatly benefits, largely benefits, somewhat benefits, benefits only a little, does not benefit at all, don’t know, or never heard of ASEAN.
According to SWS, the majority in all age groups consider ASEAN membership a benefit for the Philippines, ranging from 75 to 79 percent.
Regard for ASEAN as a benefit for the Philippines was stronger among those with higher educational attainment: it was 92 percent among college graduates, 83 percent among high school graduates, 73 percent among elementary school graduates, and 64 percent among non-elementary school graduates.