Filipinos want to hear about jobs, economy, inflation in Duterte’s last SONA — Pulse Asia

Aileen Cerrudo   •   July 26, 2021   •   217

MANILA, Philippines — Among the top issues that Filipinos want to hear during President Rodrigo Duterte’s last State of the Nation Address (SONA) are jobs, economy, and inflation according to the recent Pulse Asia Survey.

According to the June 2021 Nationwide Survey on SONA, topping the list of issues that Filipino adults would like to hear President Duterte discuss in his last SONA are jobs or livelihood (38%) and the Philippine economy (35%).

Other issues include measures to control inflation (33%) and plans to expedite the government’s COVID-19 vaccination program (31%).

Filipinos also want to hear about increasing workers’ pay (26%), improving the educational system (26%), and measures to be taken to prevent further Chinese incursion into the country’s territory in the West Philippine Sea (25%).

Meanwhile, a big majority of Filipino adults (69%) have heard, read, or watched any of the past SONAs delivered by President Rodrigo R. Duterte before Congress.

Awareness is more notable in Metro Manila (83%) and Mindanao (87%) than in the rest of Luzon (55%) and the Visayas (62%).

The nationwide survey is based on a sample of 2,400 representative adults 18 years old and above conducted from June 7 – 16, 2021 using face-to-face interviews. AAC

Duterte’s net satisfaction rating dips to 62% based on recent SWS survey

Aileen Cerrudo   •   September 24, 2021

MANILA, Philippines—The recent net satisfaction rating of President Rodrigo Duterte dropped to +62, based on the recent Social Weather Stations (SWS) survey.

Results of the June 2021 survey showed that the president’s rating dropped to +62, which is a 17-point drop from a peak of +79 in the November 2020 survey.

In the May 2021 poll, Duterte got a net satisfaction rate of +65. The SWS released the three results on Thursday (September 23).

The June 2021 survey showed that 75% of the respondents said they were“very/somewhat satisfied” with the president’s performance, 13% indicated that they were “very/somewhat dissatisfied”, while 12% are undecided.

In the May 2021 survey, meanwhile, Duterte received a net satisfaction rate of +65, where 75% of the respondents were “very/somewhat satisfied”, 10% were “very/somewhat dissatisfied”, and 15% were undecided on the matter.

The president got a high rating in November 2020 with +79 rating,  51% of the respondents said they were “very satisfied,” 33% were “somewhat satisfied,” while 9% were “undecided,” 4% were “somewhat dissatisfied,” and 2% were “very dissatisfied.”

Despite the dip in rating, SWS fellow Geoffrey Ducanes said respondents in the recent survey were satisfied with the government’s response to the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) pandemic.

“Most people don’t think the government mismanaged the pandemic. They actually gave the government relatively high rating in terms of taking care of those who got COVID-19 and also relatively high rating in terms of vaccination,” he said.

Meanwhile, the delay in the results release, according to Ducanes was due to the COVID-19 pandemic where the agency had to conduct phone interviews. AAC (with reports from Lucille Lloren) 

 

Private schools welcome pilot run of limited face-to-face classes

Aileen Cerrudo   •   September 21, 2021

 

MANILA, Philippines—The Coordinating Council of Private Educational Associations of the Philippines (COCOPEA) welcomes the pilot run of limited face-to-face classes.

Among those participating in the dry run are 20 private schools.

COCOPEA managing director Joseph Noel Estrada on Tuesday (September 21) said they have already requested the the guidelines of the limited face-to-face classes from the Department of Education (DepEd).

Sa ngayon kami ay humingi na ng kopya ng guidelines from the DepEd ang 20 na private schools na naaprubahan. Hinihingi rin po namin ang detalye noon para mapag-aralan po namin at kami ay makapagbigay din ng suggestion para lalong mapagtibay ang ating kahandaan (For now, the 20 approved private schools are already requesting for a copy of the guidelines from DepEd. We are also asking for the details so we can review and provide suggestions to strengthen our preparedness),” he said during a virtual public briefing.

He also said that majority of parents of private school students want physical classes to resume.

Parents-Teachers Association Federation support the pilot run and wants to ensure that the policies are clear enough for the safety of the students.

However, former adviser to the National Task Force Against COVID-19 Tony Leachon said the limited face-to-face classes might put students at risk.

Kahit nga bakunado [guro] pwede kang magka-breakthrough infections tapos ihahawa mo hindi bakunado ang mga bata (Even vaccinated teachers can still have breakthrough infections and could infect unvaccinated children),” he said.

DepEd, meanwhile, assured that students will not be forced to attend physical classes and will still consider the decision of their parents. AAC (with reports from JP Nuñez)

 

Velasco asks Duterte to reconsider mandatory face shield policy

Marje Pelayo   •   September 21, 2021

MANILA, Philippines — House Speaker Allan Velasco has asked President Rodrigo Duterte to reconsider the mandatory use of face shields as an added protection against COVID-19.

In a letter to the President dated September 20, Velasco said the face shield requirement only poses an added financial burden to Filipinos who are already struggling economically due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Velasco also cited the absence of solid medical proof that the use of plastic face shields is effective against COVID-19 transmission.

“The use of face shields has made little difference in protecting against the transmission of COVID-19 over the proper use of masks alone, and imposes an additional burden to poor Filipino families already reeling from the adverse effect of the pandemic on their livelihood,” Velasco pointed out.

In his letter, Velasco recommended that the Inter-Agency Task Force for the Management of Emerging Infectious Diseases (IATF) and the Department of Health (DOH) to reconsider the policy for the general public when going out of their homes or indoors, including in malls, commercial establishments, and public transportation.

Velasco cited the latest survey conducted by the World Bank entitled COVID-19 Low Income Household Panel and Economic (HOPE) showing the impact of the pandemic on the poorest households.

He said: “COVID-19 has worsened hunger among Filipinos. The cost of a face shield of about P20 to P50 is already a substantial amount equivalent to the cost of a meal for these poor Filipinos.”

Also, he noted that the World Health Organization (WHO), as well as the United States Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), recommend the use of face shields, only for those providing direct care to patients with COVID-19.

He added that based on studies conducted by physician-researchers of Wayne State University School of Medicine, combining the use of face shields and masks made little difference over the use of masks alone.

Even in the Philippine context, Velasco said that combining the use of face shields and masks made little difference over the use of masks alone which poses doubt on the efficacy of the use of face shields.

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