The DOH today launched the second phase of the non-communicable diseases (NCD) Mobile Phone Survey project. This project aims to encourage the public to take part in the NCD Survey on how Filipinos are keeping themselves healthy.

According to the World Health Organization-Western Pacific Regional Office, a significant proportion of Filipino adults continue to be exposed to non-communicable diseases (NCD) risks of tobacco and alcohol use, unhealthy diets and physical inactivity. This makes millions of Filipinos vulnerable in developing NCDs in the future. In the Philippines, NCDs are the country’s top causes of deaths

The survey, written in both Filipino and English, can be done in two steps using a mobile phone

  1. via SMS or text, free for all mobile phone subscribers; or 2) via a link to the online form to be sent to all subscribers.

In compliance with the Data Privacy Act of 2012, all personal information of the respondents/mobile subscribers will not be disclosed to third parties and non-identifying information will be secured. Responses will be anonymous and confidential. Consent will be asked from all participants and personal information will be removed before the data is stored for analysis.

The first phase of the survey was conducted in June and July 2018. A total of 3,679 individuals completed or partially completed the 2018 survey using either short message service (SMS) or mobile web. Highlight results from the 2018 first phase survey include:

  • Almost a fifth reported being current tobacco users, approximately one-tenth (11.5%) reported being daily tobacco users. Men were more likely to report current or daily tobacco smoking compared to women.
  • Overall, 36.3% reported current alcohol consumption, of whom a third reported heavy episodic drinking (33.5%). Men were more likely to drink alcohol and were reported to be heavy episodic drinkers than women.
  • A large percentage (91.6%) reported consuming less than five servings of fruits or vegetables per day.
  • Almost two thirds, 61.9%, reported always or often adding a form of salt as they prepared a meal.

“We encourage the public to participate in this DOH-sponsored mobile phone survey to assist the Department in developing evidence-driven strategies to complement our Healthy Pilipinas campaign,” Health Secretary Francisco T. Duque III emphasized.