By Alexandria Dennise San Juan
Road construction is the major local concern of 15.9 percent of Filipinos that the current administration needs to address, while 50 percent cited inflation as the urgent national issue that the Duterte administration should act on immediately, the Pulse Asia Research survey said.
The Ulat ng Bayan survey conducted among 1,200 Filipinos on September 24-30 weighed various urgent local and national concerns, and the performance ratings of the Duterte administration.
On the results released on Friday, it showed that road infrastructure, flooding, and illegal drugs are among the top concerns of Filipinos at the local level.
Poor state of roads or road infrastructure is the major local issue which the Duterte administration should immediately address at 15.9 percent followed by flooding (11.2 percent) and illegal drugs (10.2 percent)
Other local issues mentioned are waste management (7.5 percent); unemployment or lack of livelihood opportunities (6.5 percent); absence of water services or irrigation facilities (5.1 percent); youth-related concerns such as loitering and riots (3.7 percent); and drinking sessions or the presence of “tambay” on streets (2.3 percent).
Concerns received 2% and below are lack of healthcare services and incidences of robbery or theft (1.9 percent); lack or absence of street lights and lack of public transportation (1.7 percent); lack or absence of housing projects (1.3 percent); presence of corrupt barangay officials, illegal gambling, and concerns related to electricity (1.1 percent).
However, respondents in Metro Manila cited illegal drugs as their most urgent local concern at 18.3 percent.
In the Visayas and Mindanao, road infrastructure is the leading local issue among the residents (28.5 percent and 23.5 percent, respectively).
Meanwhile on the urgent national concern, one out of every two Filipinos (50 percent) said the need to control the rise in prices requires immediate action on the part of the administration.
A second group of urgent national concerns includes increasing the pay of workers (42 percent) and fighting criminality (36 percent), while creating more jobs (32 percent), fighting corruption in government, and reducing poverty (28 percent) comprise a third set of national concerns identified as urgent by Filipinos.
The fourth group of issues mentioned includes peace promotion (21 percent) and enforcement of the rule of law (16 percent).
Meanwhile, Filipinos are least concerned about environmental degradation, reducing taxes, controlling rapid population growth, protecting the welfare of overseas Filipino workers, preparing to successfully deal with terrorism, defending national territorial integrity, and amending the 1987 Philippine Constitution, which ranges from 2 percent to 14percent.
Fifty-one percent of the respondents in Visayas and Mindanao, and 52 percent in the rest of Luzon express concern about the need to control the spiraling cost of goods. In Metro Manila, same percentages of residents tagged workers’ pay (45 percent), inflation (38 percent), jobs (36 percent), and criminality (34 percent) as urgent national concerns.
On the other hand, despite the decline on President Duterte’s trust ratings on a recent survey, his administration receives majority approval ratings for its handling of selected issues.
Most Filipinos continue to express appreciation for the work done by the national administration on the following areas: responding to the needs of those affected by calamities (78 percent); fighting criminality (78 percent); protecting the welfare of OFWs (76 percent); fighting corruption (70 percent); protecting the environment (68 percent); enforcing the rule of law (67 percent); promoting peace (67 percent); defending national territorial integrity (65 percent); creating more jobs (63 percent); and increasing workers’ pay (58 percent).
The two issues on which the Duterte administration fails to achieve a majority approval score are poverty reduction (49 percent) and inflation (45 percent), the latter being the top urgent national concern of Filipinos.
Levels of disapproval for the administration’s handling of these selected issues range from 3 percent on disaster response to 21 percent on inflation while levels of indecision on the matter vary from 16 percent on criminality to 36 percent on poverty reduction.
The only significant change in the administration’s performance ratings for the period of June to September is the decline in the level of appreciation for its efforts to enforce the law equally on all citizens with -7 percent points
The decrease in the level of approval for the administration’s work in the areas of fighting criminality and corruption (both at -6 percentage points) and the rise in the level of ambivalence as regards its anti-corruption and pro-peace initiatives (both at +6 percentage points) fall short of being considered significant in light of the survey’s overall error margin of +/- 3 percentage points.
Pulse Asia Research emphasized that they “undertake Ulat ng Bayan surveys on its own without any party singularly commissioning the research effort.”
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