Lack of 'ayuda', vaccine issues 'primary deficiency or weakness of government' in COVID response — survey

Published August 6, 2021, 5:09 PM

by Ellalyn De Vera-Ruiz

(Screengrab from UP Diliman’s PILIpiLUNAS2022: Kumustahin ang Bayan forum)

Nine of 10 Filipinos are saying that the government had shortcomings or weaknesses in their response to the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) pandemic, Pulse Asia said on Friday, Aug. 6.

Pulse Asia president Dr. Ronald Holmes said the primary deficiency or weaknesses of the government mentioned by Filipinos are the lack of “ayuda” or financial assistance (19.4 percent), and slow process/progress of vaccination, inefficient vaccination system, and selective vaccinations (18.7 percent).

“Ito’y mahalagang usapin sapagkat ngayon ay nasa ECQ [enhanced community quarantine] na naman ang ilang area sa bansa. Itong unang nakikitang kakulangan ng Pilipino mahalagang bigyang diin ito dahil siyam sa sampung Piipino ang nagbigay ng puna sa nagawa ng gobyerno. Isa lamang sa sampu ang nagsasabing walang kakulangan ang gobyerno. (This is an important issue because some areas in the country are again under ECQ. This is the first deficiency noticed by Filipinos and important to emphasize because nine out of 10 Filipinos are not satisfied with the government’s response. Only one in 10 says the government has no shortcoming),” Holmes said during the PILIpiLUNAS2022 online forum organized by the University of the Philippines Diliman.

Filipinos also pointed out the government’s lack of discipline when it comes to the implementation of health protocols or unfair implementation of protocols (9.5 percent).

“Bagamat marami pa rin ang nasisisyahan sa pagganap ng pamahalaan sa pagtugon at pagpigil sa pagdami ng kaso ng COVID-19, marami sa kanila ang naniniwalang may kakulangan o kahinaan ang pamahalaan. (Although many are still satisfied with the government’s performance in responding to and preventing the increase of COVID-19 cases, many of them believe that the government has shortcomings or weaknesses),” he added.

The nationwide survey conducted from June 7 to 16, 2021 has 2,400 respondents.

 
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