Gerardo A. Sandoval




Gerardo Sandoval is SWS Fellow, Director of the Data Processing and Sampling Group, and Deputy Director for Trainings. He has over 20 years of experience in social survey research, participated in foreign and local congresses and trainings, and authored papers on family planning, sexual violence, crime, tax administration reforms, sports, scientific knowledge, elections, work, gender, governance, and the youth. He has served as Philippine Representative at the World Association for Public Opinion Research and the Asian Network for Public Opinion Research. He obtained his M.A. Sociology degree from the Ateneo de Manila University.

Monitoring Crime and Public Safety in the Philippines from the Public’s Lens

For more than three decades, Social Weather Stations (SWS) has been monitoring crime and public safety in the Philippines from the public’s lens via scientific surveys involving at least 1,200 representative adults nationwide.

Crime victimization surveys from 1989-2016 show a general decline where respondents reported having about their or their family members’ actual experience of the following in the last 6 months: a) their home has been broken into, b) been robbed outside the home, c) motor vehicle has been stolen, and d) suffered physical violence.

Public safety surveys from 1986-2016 show a downward then an upward trend in fear of safety at home and in the street. It measured the respondents’ agreement or disagreement that in their neighborhood: a) people are usually afraid that robbers might break into their houses, b) people are usually afraid to walk in the street at night because it is not safe, and c) there are already very many people addicted to banned drugs.  Measured since 2005, the visibility of drug addicts shows an upward trend.

The SWS 4th Quarter 2016 survey also shows that: a) 78 percent worried that they or anyone they know will be a victim of extra-judicial killing (EJK), b) 94 percent believe that it’s important that drug suspects be captured alive, c) 69 percent consider EJK a serious problem, d) split opinion about police claim that drug suspects resist arrest, e) +77 net satisfaction with the Administration’s anti-illegal drug campaign, f) 88 percemt agree the drug problem declined since Pres. Duterte took office, and g) 70 percent say the Administration is serious about solving the EJK problem.

SWS continues to monitor crime and public safety issues in its surveys.