SWS: More than half of Filipinos still believe in commemorating Edsa

RESULTS from the latest national survey conducted by the Social Weather Station (SWS) show that more than half of Filipinos or 57 percent believe that it is still important to commemorate the 1986 Edsa People Power Revolution.

The survey, conducted from Dec. 10 to 14, 2022, revealed that of the 57 percent, 23 percent said the commemoration is “definitely still important” and 34 percent said it is “somewhat still important.”

Meanwhile, 42 percent of the people surveyed by the SWS think it is not important anymore. Out of this number, 21 percent said “definitely not important anymore” and 22 percent said “somewhat not important anymore.”

The SWS survey also showed that 62 percent of Filipinos think the spirit of the People Power Revolution lives on.

A survey conducted by SunStar Cebu showed people agreeing with the SWS survey results.

“Edsa will always be part of our country’s history that our new generation needs to know,” said 36-year-old Novabelle Magallanes in Cebuano.

For Anito Mandag, 48, and Michelle Enciso, 20, the event must still be honored.

Enciso said the Edsa holiday is a huge benefit to students and workers, particularly employees who will receive double pay for working on holidays.

AJ Hudierez, a law student from the University of San Carlos, said she continues to find joy in remembering Edsa as she is proud of the Filipinos’ stance to fight for democracy at that time.

“That is the moral lesson that we should learn: that if we come together for the common good of our nation, we will be victorious,” she said.

The SWS results, published on Thursday, Feb. 23, 2023, come from the latest series of surveys they conducted in the fourth quarter of 2022. Around 1,200 adults nationwide participated in the survey.

For the past 36 years, the landmark historical event has been remembered every 25th of February as a reminder of the determination and bravery of all who contributed to the restoration of democracy in the Philippines.

This year, through Proclamation 167, President Ferdinand “Bongbong” Marcos Jr., whose father was ousted by the People Power Revolution, moved the 37th commemoration to Feb. 24, a Friday, “to enable our countrymen to avail of the benefits of a longer weekend pursuant to the principle of holiday economics,” he said. (TPM, SunStar Philippines, Mary Francis Lynn Caayon and Jenika Gi-An C. Nero, STC Interns)