AFP gets 90 percent satisfaction rating in COVID-19 response, says survey firm

Published June 22, 2020, 12:00 AM

by manilabulletin_admin

By Martin Sadongdong 

The Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) obtained an overwhelming 90 percent public satisfaction rating in responding to the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) pandemic, according to a recent survey which results were disclosed by the military on Monday.

Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) (MANILA BULLETIN)
Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) (MANILA BULLETIN)

The non-commissioned survey, conducted by RLR Research and Analysis Inc., measured the response of several government agencies in addressing the health crisis.

A total of 1,275 household heads from Metro Manila were surveyed via computer-assisted telephone interview, the survey said.

It said the fieldwork ran from May 14 to June 2, 2020 and employed interviewers tasked to recruit respondents.

About 20 percent of the interviews were back-checked and 10 percent of interviewers were supervised via three-way calls, the survey noted.

The RLR Reasearch and Analysis Inc. said other agencies which performance were measured, and their respective ratings, included: the Philippine National Police (88 percent), Inter-Agency Task Force on the Management of Emerging Infectious Diseases (74 percent), Department of Health (68 percent), Department of Social Welfare and Development (59 percent), and the Department of Labor and Employment (45 percent).

“This survey is non-commissioned and the company’s own contribution to fulfilling the information needs of citizens, government and community institutions, businesses, etc.,” it said.

General Felimon Santos Jr., AFP Chief of Staff, welcomed the results of the survey as he vowed to sustain the military’s efforts to help the national government contain the virus and ease the suffering of the Filipinos.

“The AFP understands the weight that is being carried by every Filipino in these trying times. Rest assured that, shoulder to shoulder, we will overcome this pandemic and stand up better and more resilient,” Santos stated.

According to Captain Jonathan Zata, AFP public affairs office chief, the Joint Task Force-National Capital Region (JTF-NCR) leads the AFP’s COVID-19 efforts in Metro Manila.

He said over 70,000 individuals were provided with free meals through the AFP’s Mobile Kitchen that has been touring Metro Manila since April 20.

Further, the AFP has also deployed personnel in quarantine assistance stations, helped build and co-managed emergency quarantine facilities, and provided free transportation services to stranded commuters nationwide.

More than 2,400 locally stranded individuals (LSIs) were also assisted through the AFP’s “Tulong Uwi” program.

Meanwhile, over 1.2-million pounds of cargo such as medical supplies and equipment have been airlifted by the Philippine Air Force. For its part, the Philippine Navy has transported 441 tons of cargo.