FILIPINOS MORE SATISFIED WITH FOREIGN COUNTRIES THAN PHIL GOVT IN 'YOLANDA' RELIEF

Majority of Filipinos were satisfied with the government's relief operations in the aftermath of Typhoon "Yolanda" but more were pleased with the efforts of foreign countries, a recent Social Weather Stations (SWS) survey said. Speaking at the 2014 SWS Survey Review in Makati City on Thursday, SWS President Mahar Mangahas said their survey in December 2013 showed that the national and local governments, private organizations and foreign countries who helped in the typhoon relief received "Very Good" to "Excellent" net ratings in their operations. "What you find here are extremely high satisfaction with the efforts of all these institutions," Mangahas said. However, Mangahas said foreign countries received the highest scores with an "Excellent" net ratings of +83 from typhoons victims and +82 from non-victims. The survey showed that 89 percent of the polled typhoon victims and 87 percent of non-victims were satisfied with the relief efforts of foreign countries. Mangahas said the respondents also had "a little more preference" for the local government over the national government. Of the polled typhoon victims, 77 percent were satisfied with the national government while 79 percent were pleased with the local government. For the surveyed non-victims, 74 percent were satisfied with both the national and local government.

ALSO: SWS: Satisfaction with top officials, institutions down

The satisfaction ratings of top government officials and institutions dropped in the last quarter of 2013, according to the latest Social Weather Stations (SWS) survey. Vice President Jejomar Binay’s net satisfaction rating declined by seven points from +69 in September last year to +62 in December. The survey showed that 75 percent of the respondents were satisfied with Binay’s performance, while 13 percent were dissatisfied.His score, however, is still classified as “very good,” the SWS said. Senate President Franklin Drilon suffered the biggest drop from a “good” +37 in September to a “moderate” +25 (52 percent satisfied, 26 percent dissatisfied). The net satisfaction rating of Speaker Feliciano Belmonte Jr. fell by two points to +16 (41 percent satisfied, 25 percent dissatisfied) but stayed at “moderate” territory. Chief Justice Ma. Lourdes Sereno’s net score stayed at “moderate” but was down by a point to +16 (40 percent satisfied, 25 percent dissatisfied). The House of Representatives got a net score of +26, down by a point from September’s +27. The Senate’s net satisfaction rating, on the other hand, was down by three points from +33 to +30 but stayed in “good” territory. The performance rating of the Supreme Court fell by five points to +36 in the fourth quarter survey of the SWS. The Cabinet, meanwhile, obtained a net satisfaction score of +20, classified as “moderate.” Its December score, however, was lower by seven points from its September rating, the SWS noted.

ALSO: Aquino gets poor rating on inflation, oil prices

THE Aquino administration was rated “poor” in controlling inflation and oil prices as well as in resolving the Maguindanao massacre case in a review of the Social Weather Stations (SWS) surveys in 2013 held at the Asian Institute of Management on Tuesday. The net satisfaction rating of President Benigno Aquino 3rd in checking inflation was a -10 percent, almost the same as his late mother, Corazon Aquino’s performance in this area in 1992 or 21 years ago. In ensuring that oil prices are not unduly raised, Aquino got a -14 percent rating, a big drop from neutral in 2011. In resolving the Maguindanao massacre, the administration was rated -26 percent in 2013, much lower than the -1 percent rating for former President Gloria Arroyo in 2009. The SWS surveys last year covered 1,550 adult respondents who also disproved the pronouncements of their congressmen that they were giving their Priority Development Assistance Fund (PDAF), or pork barrel, to their constituents.

ALSO: Hungry inmates bolt Leyte jail

At least 182 inmates reportedly suffering from hunger escaped from the damaged Leyte provincial jail at around 4 a.m. yesterday. Warden Merle Bertulfo Bertulfo said the inmates ignored warning shots and practically “walked out” of jail as they were about to be served coffee. Chief Superintendent Henry Lonzanes, Eastern Visayas regional police director, said the jail, which had been damaged by Super Typhoon Yolanda, only had a tarpaulin roof. “The duty guard left his post to get a supply of coffee from the office inside the facility, which was taken advantage of by the inmates. They did not have to break the jail, it has been broken since Yolanda,” said Lonzanes. At least 150 of the inmates have been accounted for after several hours. “The jail guards became too trusting since the inmates were considered good prisoners… they were the prisoners who got flooded in the provincial jail during Yolanda and who eventually returned,” Lonzanes said. Senior Superintendent Wilben Mayor, spokesman for the Philippine National Police, said the inmates had complained of “lack of food and poor living condition” in the damaged jail.


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Pinoys more satisfied with foreign countries than Phl gov't in 'Yolanda' relief


Indonesia air force personnel load relief supplies donated by Indonesia government for victims of Typhoon Haiyan in the Philippines, at Halim Perdanakusuma airport in Jakarta, Indonesia, Wednesday, Nov. 13, 2013. Foreign governments and agencies have announced a major relief effort to help victims of the Philippine typhoon. AP/Achmad Ibrahim

MANILA, FEBRUARY 3, 2014 (PHILSTAR)  By Louis Bacani - Majority of Filipinos were satisfied with the government's relief operations in the aftermath of Typhoon "Yolanda" but more were pleased with the efforts of foreign countries, a recent Social Weather Stations (SWS) survey said.

Speaking at the 2014 SWS Survey Review in Makati City on Thursday, SWS President Mahar Mangahas said their survey in December 2013 showed that the national and local governments, private organizations and foreign countries who helped in the typhoon relief received "Very Good" to "Excellent" net ratings in their operations.

"What you find here are extremely high satisfaction with the efforts of all these institutions," Mangahas said.

However, Mangahas said foreign countries received the highest scores with an "Excellent" net ratings of +83 from typhoons victims and +82 from non-victims.

The survey showed that 89 percent of the polled typhoon victims and 87 percent of non-victims were satisfied with the relief efforts of foreign countries.

Mangahas said the respondents also had "a little more preference" for the local government over the national government. Of the polled typhoon victims, 77 percent were satisfied with the national government while 79 percent were pleased with the local government.

For the surveyed non-victims, 74 percent were satisfied with both the national and local government.

According to the same survey, the national government scored "Good" to "Excellent" net ratings in their relief efforts, which included delivering food and water, delivering medical help, identifying those who died, providing temporary shelter, and repairing infrastructures.


SATISFACTION OF VARIOUS RELIEF INSTITUTIONS, FOREIGN COUNTRIES

"You have certainly a dominance of satisfaction for all those efforts; all of them," Mangahas said.

Among Yolanda victims, net satisfaction with the present administration was an "Excellent" +74 on delivering medical help and an "Excellent" +72 on delivering food and water

Mangahas said the national government's efforts in delivering medical help was the most appreciated after receiving satisfaction from 85 percent of the typhoon victims and 83 percent of the non-victims.

The lowest was in identifying the fatalities from the typhoon, with 66 percent of the victims and 65 percent of the non-victims expressing satisfaction.

The SWS survey was conducted from December 11 to 16, 2013 and polled 1,550 adults nationwide.


OF NATIONAL GOVERNMENT

Last week, an SWS survey showed that 13 percent of households were victims of or suffered serous harm from "Yolanda."

President Benigno Aquino III received a "Very Good" net satisfaction rating of +54 from the Yolanda victims, 73 percent of whom said they were satisfied with the Chief Executive.

The surveys were conducted a month after Yolanda slammed into the country and devastated several areas in the Visayas.

The monster typhoon's record winds and tsunami-like storm surges flattened communities in Eastern Visayas, particularly in Tacloban City in Leyte.

Over 6,000 people were killed by the howler while more than 1,000 remain missing.

The national government received criticisms for its supposed sluggish relief efforts while foreign countries and organizations poured in help to the typhoon-ravaged areas.

The government has set up a program dubbed as Project FAiTH or Foreign Aid Transparency Hub to enable the public to monitor the donations and pledges of foreign nations and organizations.

SWS: Satisfaction with top officials, institutions down By Helen Flores (The Philippine Star) | Updated January 28, 2014 - 12:00am 8 36 googleplus0 0

MANILA, Philippines - The satisfaction ratings of top government officials and institutions dropped in the last quarter of 2013, according to the latest Social Weather Stations (SWS) survey.

Vice President Jejomar Binay’s net satisfaction rating declined by seven points from +69 in September last year to +62 in December.

The survey showed that 75 percent of the respondents were satisfied with Binay’s performance, while 13 percent were dissatisfied.

His score, however, is still classified as “very good,” the SWS said.

Senate President Franklin Drilon suffered the biggest drop from a “good” +37 in September to a “moderate” +25 (52 percent satisfied, 26 percent dissatisfied).

The net satisfaction rating of Speaker Feliciano Belmonte Jr. fell by two points to +16 (41 percent satisfied, 25 percent dissatisfied) but stayed at “moderate” territory.

Chief Justice Ma. Lourdes Sereno’s net score stayed at “moderate” but was down by a point to +16 (40 percent satisfied, 25 percent dissatisfied).

In a statement, Binay thanked the Filipinos for their support.

“I thank everyone for appreciating the service I have rendered as Vice President, as presidential adviser on overseas Filipino workers’ concerns and as head of the Housing and Urban Development Coordinating Council,” Binay said.

This is the seventh “very good” rating for the Vice President since 2010, with SWS also noting that he scored seven excellent ratings since assuming office.

Binay said the Filipinos are his inspiration.

“Your confidence and faith in what I do inspire me more to give my best for our people,” he added.

The Office of the Vice President noted that among the top government officials, Binay remains to have the highest satisfaction rating.

The SWS survey was conducted from Dec. 11 to 16, using face-to-face interviews of 1,550 Filipinos nationwide.

Results of the poll were published in BusinessWorld yesterday.

The SWS classifies net satisfaction scores of +70 and up as “excellent”; +50 to +69, “very good”; +30 to +49, “good”; +10 to +29, “moderate”, +9 to -9, “neutral”; -10 to -29, “poor”; -30 to -49, “bad”; -50 to -69, “very bad”; and -70 and below, “execrable.”

Meanwhile, top government institutions received lower ratings in the last quarter of 2013, the SWS said.

The House of Representatives got a net score of +26, down by a point from September’s +27.

The Senate’s net satisfaction rating, on the other hand, was down by three points from +33 to +30 but stayed in “good” territory.

The performance rating of the Supreme Court fell by five points to +36 in the fourth quarter survey of the SWS.

The Cabinet, meanwhile, obtained a net satisfaction score of +20, classified as “moderate.” Its December score, however, was lower by seven points from its September rating, the SWS noted.

FROM MANILA TIMES

Aquino gets poor rating on inflation, oil prices January 28, 2014 9:51 pm by Rose De La Cruz

THE Aquino administration was rated “poor” in controlling inflation and oil prices as well as in resolving the Maguindanao massacre case in a review of the Social Weather Stations (SWS) surveys in 2013 held at the Asian Institute of Management on Tuesday.

The net satisfaction rating of President Benigno Aquino 3rd (photo) in checking inflation was a -10 percent, almost the same as his late mother, Corazon Aquino’s performance in this area in 1992 or 21 years ago.

In ensuring that oil prices are not unduly raised, Aquino got a -14 percent rating, a big drop from neutral in 2011.

In resolving the Maguindanao massacre, the administration was rated -26 percent in 2013, much lower than the -1 percent rating for former President Gloria Arroyo in 2009.

The SWS surveys last year covered 1,550 adult respondents who also disproved the pronouncements of their congressmen that they were giving their Priority Development Assistance Fund (PDAF), or pork barrel, to their constituents.

Of those surveyed, 67 percent said their areas did not benefit from PDAF projects while 42 percent or nearly half said their congressmen were the ones who financially benefited from the projects implemented in their communities.

This is the reason why the move to scrap the PDAF gained momentum in 2013. The pork barrel system was declared unconstitutional by the Supreme Court late last year.

Of those surveyed, 60 percent said the PDAF was wasted through corruption and 58 percent agreed with the High Court’s ruling.

The respondents also said attempts to reduce poverty were not been felt by the poor for over two decades, with 55 percent of the sampled population perceiving themselves as poor in 1983, almost the same as in 2013, indicating that government’s declaration of economic growth has not really trickled down.

The administration received a neutral rating from the respondents in its fight against corruption and hunger.

In the survey of enterprises on corruption, respondents who said they saw “a lot” of corruption in the public sector rose to 56 percent in 2013 (the second lowest since 2000) from a record low of 43 percent in 2012, the SWS said.

In that survey, 42 percent of the respondents said most or almost all companies in their sector of business gave bribes to win government contracts, a slight uptick from the record low of 41 percent or the record low in 2012.
Those with personal knowledge of public sector corruption in their sector of business in the last three months of 2013 rose to 38 percent from a record low of 33 percent in the same period of the previous year.

Those with extensive knowledge of the administration’s anti-corruption efforts fell slightly to 35 percent in 2013 from 37 percent in 2012.

Despite the low grades he got in some areas, the President still enjoyed a net satisfaction rating of 51 percent.

At least 86 percent of the 1,550 respondents said the pace of the Maguindanao massacre trial is “much too slow.” It is the highest dissatisfaction from 75 percent complaining about the pace in March 2011 and 74 percent in August 2012.

Aquino vowed to resolve the massacre during his campaign for the presidency.

The government was rated “very good” in terms of helping victims of disasters (+68 percent), providing basic elementary and high school education (+67 percent), defending the country’s territorial rights (+52 percent), transparency in government activities (+51 percent) and foreign relations (+50 percent).

In terms of helping the poor, the administration was rated “good” (+49 percent), as well as in promoting the welfare of overseas Filipino workers (+44 percent), providing jobs (+36 percent), and fighting terrorism (+33 percent).

It got a “moderate” rating in reconciling with communist rebels (+21 percent) and with Muslim rebels and got 18 percent for fighting crimes.

The government was rated “neutral” in eradicating graft and corruption (+8 percent) and ensuring that no family will be hungry (+2 percent).

FROM PHILSTAR

Hungry inmates bolt Leyte jail (The Philippine Star) | Updated January 31, 2014 - 12:00am 0 0 googleplus0 0

MANILA, Philippines - At least 182 inmates reportedly suffering from hunger escaped from the damaged Leyte provincial jail at around 4 a.m. yesterday.

Warden Merle Bertulfo Bertulfo said the inmates ignored warning shots and practically “walked out” of jail as they were about to be served coffee.

Chief Superintendent Henry Lonzanes, Eastern Visayas regional police director, said the jail, which had been damaged by Super Typhoon Yolanda, only had a tarpaulin roof.

“The duty guard left his post to get a supply of coffee from the office inside the facility, which was taken advantage of by the inmates. They did not have to break the jail, it has been broken since Yolanda,” said Lonzanes.

At least 150 of the inmates have been accounted for after several hours.

“The jail guards became too trusting since the inmates were considered good prisoners… they were the prisoners who got flooded in the provincial jail during Yolanda and who eventually returned,” Lonzanes said.

Senior Superintendent Wilben Mayor, spokesman for the Philippine National Police, said the inmates had complained of “lack of food and poor living condition” in the damaged jail.

Bertulfo told The Freeman the inmates also complained of the delay in the resolution of their cases, documents of which were lost during the onslaught of Yolanda.

A source from the jail said the inmates did not intend to escape but only want to get the attention of authorities about their plight.

Some inmates, who were accused of petty crimes, have been detained for over three years, the source added.

Senior Superintendent Jose Macanas, director of Ormoc City police, said he alerted his men to set up checkpoints to recapture the other detainees.

A task force was also created to locate the fugitives. Edgar Allan Vilbar, Marlon Tano, Cecille Suerte Felipe


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