House members to grill OCTA Research anew

Published October 10, 2021, 8:13 PM

by Manila Bulletin

Expect the House of Representatives Committee on Good Government and Public Accountability to grill the OCTA Research Philippines anew when it continues its hearing on the research group on Monday, Oct. 11.

The said House committee, under its chairman DIWA partylist Rep. Michael Edgar Aglipay, has conducted the inquiry to look into the qualifications, research methodologies, partnerships, and composition of OCTA Research.

Leading the committee hearing is Deputy Speaker Bernadette Herrera-Dy of Bagong Henerasyon Partylist.

In its initial hearing, lawmakers questioned OCTA Research’s credentials and methodologies for analyzing data and predicting trends in the country’s COVID-19 cases. They also queried the accuracy of the research organization’s COVID-19 projections and lockdown recommendations.

The solons even hit OCTA Research for its erroneous projections and for sowing panic in the populace.

They also raised concerns about OCTA Research’s potential conflict of interest as it releases infection forecasts while doing political surveys and giving advice to local government units (LGUs).

House officials led by Herrera-Dy, Deputy Speaker and Ilocos Sur Rep. Kristine Singson-Meehan, Deputy Minority Leader and Marikina City Rep. Stella Luz Quimbo, AAMBIS-OWA Partylist Rep. Sharon Garin and Quezon City Rep. Jesus “Bong” initiated the investigation after filing a House resolution last August 3.

Octa Research is a private polling, research, and consultation firm based in Quezon City. (Melvin Sarangay)