Palace hails as ‘good news’ survey showing public satisfaction with gov’t response to COVID-19

Published April 23, 2020, 12:00 AM

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By Genalyn Kabiling

Based on a recent survey, most Filipinos are satisfied with the government’s efforts against the coronavirus pandemic and are willing to sacrifice certain liberties if it would help combat its spread, a Palace official said Thursday.

Presidential spokesperson Harry Roque speaks during a press briefing at the New Executive Building in Malacanang, Friday. (CAMILLE ANTE / MANILA BULLETIN)
Presidential spokesperson Harry Roque Jr.(CAMILLE ANTE / MANILA BULLETIN FILE PHOTO)

Presidential Spokesperson Harry Roque has welcomed the “good news” arising from the poll conducted by Gallup International Association, saying President Duterte appreciates the support from the public.

He noted that the poll results will be taken into consideration by the President in his decision on whether the post-April 30 scenario in Luzon amid the outbreak of the new coronavirus disease (COVID-19). The enhanced community quarantine (ECQ) in Luzon will lapse on April 30 unless modified or extended by the President.

“Nais ko pong ibahagi muna ang isang napakagandang balita, at ito po ang finding ng isang survey ng prestihiyosong Gallup International, kasama po ang kanilang local partner na Philippine Survey and Research Center, Inc. Nagpapasalamat po ang Pangulo dahil 80 porsiyento ng lahat ng Pilipino ay may opinyon na maganda naman ang paghawak ng ating gobyerno dito sa isyu ng COVID-19,” Roque said in a virtual press briefing Thursday (April 23).

(I want to share the good news about the survey conducted by the prestigious Gallup International and its local partner the Philippine Survey and Research Center Inc. The President is thankful that 80 percent of Filipinos agreed the government is handling the COVID-19 issue well.)

“Sang-ayon din po dito sa survey, 86 porsiyento po ng ating mga kababayan ay handang magsakripisyo ng ilan ng kanilang mga karapatan para po sa pagpigil ng paglaganap ng COVID-19.”

(According to the survey, 86 percent of our countrymen are ready to sacrifice some of their rights to stop the spread of COVID-19.)

Roque said the same survey showed 88 percent of Filipinos are afraid that they or someone in their family may catch the coronavirus.

“Asahan ninyo po na kung anuman ang magiging desisyon ng Presidente ay a-address-an po niya itong ating kinakatakutan na baka tayo ay magkasakit. Naiintindihan po niya na napakahirap ng ECQ at gagawin po niya ang pinakamagaling para sa sambayanang Pilipinas,” he added.

(You can expect that the President will address these concerns about getting infected. He understands the ECQ is difficult and he will do what is best for the Philippines),” he said.

The second snap poll conducted by Gallup International early this month covered 17 countries about the spread of the coronavirus. The first poll was conducted last March.

The survey showed rising fear about the coronavirus infection, approval toward some governments’ efforts to combat the pandemic, and willingness to sacrifice some rights to prevent the spread of the disease.

The poll respondents were asked if they strongly agree or disagree with the statement: “I think the government is handling the coronavirus well.” Both India and Malaysia scored 91 percent satisfaction rating, followed by Austria (86 percent), Pakistan (82 percent), and the Philippines (80 percent up from 70 percent).

Respondents were also asked if they agree or disagree with the statement: “I am willing to sacrifice some of my human rights if it helps prevent the spread of the virus.” Among the nations that had high levels of readiness are Pakistan (92 percent), India (91 percent), Thailand (91 percent), Germany (89 percent), Austria (86 percent), Italy (85 percent), Switzerland (86 percent), and the Philippines (86 percent).

Roque said the Gallup polls findings were crucial since another study by the Johns Hopkins University showed that Southeast Asia may possibly become the next hotspot of the coronavirus.

Luzon has been under enhanced community quarantine since mid-March to curb the spread of the coronavirus. Quarantine measures have also been imposed by local government units in other areas including Cebu and Davao.

As of April 23, health authorities have reported 271 new cases of coronavirus in the country, pushing the total to 6,981. The death toll has reached 461 while recoveries escalated to 722.