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70% of respondents satisfied with PGMA's infrastructure projects - SWS

By Jessie R. Valdez

Manila (4 August) -- In a survey conducted by the Social Weather Station (SWS) last July 17 - 23, 2008 showed that 70% of the respondents were satisfied with the infrastructure projects of the Arroyo Administration which got the highest satisfaction rating.

The survey indicated that on the repair of roads, respondents gave a rating of 49% while on the installation of traffic signs along the roads, a grade of 52%.

The second highest satisfaction rating was 67%, where respondents described the government's swift response during calamities. That they were satisfied despite the absence of PGMA who was on official business to USA but was in constant communication with his Cabinet issuing daily instructions and orders, monitoring closely the progress and services rendered by every government agencies concerned on people ravaged by typhoon "Frank".

Other projects which the Arroyo Administration got positive satisfaction ratings include : environmental protection and natural resources - + 28% ; foreign relations - +27% ; lowering water and cell phone rates - + 21%; helping the poor - +19% ; housing program for the poor - 18% and lowering electricity rates - 15%.

While on issues of collecting taxes so the government can refrain from borrowing money to other nations for major programs like provision of quality education, garnered + 7% net satisfaction rating while on the controversial VAT, 75% of the respondents would want the government to reduce the VAT on electricity and petroleum products.

In conclusion, respondents noted that with the President's close monitoring on concerned government agencies acting and working together for better and greater services to people victimized by disasters, indicates the strength of her government.

The SWS reported that the respondents answered the questions based on the impact of government programs and projects on the people. (PIA La Union) [top]

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