Senator Christopher “Bong” Go
MANILA – Amid the criticisms on the administration’s beautification projects while the country faces a public health crisis, a major survey firm showed President Rodrigo Duterte continuously enjoys the trust of the people.
“True to his words, the President continues to deliver on his campaign promise of providing a better and more comfortable life for all despite the challenges caused by the ongoing pandemic,” Senator Christopher “Bong” Go said on Monday.
He urged government officials and employees to draw inspiration from the President’s high trust rating released by Pulse Asia on Monday to provide better public service.
“At habang patuloy nating nilalabanan ang pandemyang ito, sisiguraduhin nating maipagpatuloy rin ang lahat ng mga magagandang pagbabagong sinimulan ng ating Pangulo para sa ikabubuti ng buong bansa (And while we continue our fight against this pandemic, we guarantee that we will continue what the President has started to further develop our nation),” the senator added.
The Pulse Asia report also indicates an increase of 4 percent from the previous survey in December 2019 which rated Duterte’s performance by 87 percent.
The recent survey showed that 5 percent disapproved of Duterte while 5 percent were undecided.
Conducted from September 14 to 20, the survey involved face-to-face interviews with 1,200 adult respondents. It has an error margin of +/- 2.8 percent at a 95-percent confidence level.
Meanwhile, Vice President Leni Robredo was rated with 57 percent, 1 percent lower from her 58 percent rating in December.
During the pandemic, Robredo made the news for her strong disapproval of several projects of the government including the pouring of white sand in Manila Bay.
The pouring of white sand was part of the ambitious rehabilitation project of Environment Secretary Roy Cimatu that was kicked-off in 2019 after the successful rehabilitation of the popular summer destination Boracay.
She said it seemed insensitive to get going with beautification projects at the height of the pandemic.
She also said it would have been wise to distribute PHP5,000-aid to the people instead.
The Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) had been on the second phase of the government’s social amelioration program (SAP) that provided PHP5,000 to PHP8,000 cash aid to 18 million low-income families who were hardest-hit by the pandemic. (PNA)