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Feature: The President’s rating

By Nene A. Manzanares

Catarman, Northern Samar (28 March) -- Giving credit to where credit is due. This is the message of the recent Social Weather Stations (SWS) survey conducted February 25 to 27 which gave an improved satisfaction rating to President Gloria Macapagal Arroyo. The President got a net satisfaction rating of -4 (39 percent satisfied minus 43 percent dissatisfied).

So, what is there to be happy about? It’s a NEGATIVE rating anyway, says the cynic. But if we look back at the series of negative ratings of the President, we would all say that this negative four rating is a hard fought “trophy”.

It was a long grueling, torturous road that the President went through, not to mention the major “holes” brought about by attempts of power grab by adventurous military men and dissatisfied groups.

Her -4 “trophy” is thus considered her best rating since October 2004 when her two and a half year series of negative ratings began at -6. Records show that the President’s net satisfaction rating were in their lowest low in 2005. Her ratings then ranged from -25 to -33. During the months of September and November last year, she got -11 and -13 respectively.

People negative to the President cannot just ignore these figures. They cannot close their eyes or look the other way and still stick to a one sided view. As they say, figures don’t lie.

To her credit, the President’s focused leadership went a very long way. Supported by a competent team of economic managers the country is now on its way to social payback.

The Bureau of the Treasury has reported that the National Government’s total debt declined by almost one percent. From P 3.888 trillion in 2005, our total debt has been reduced to P3.851 as of end of December, 2006. Of course this is not a miracle from heaven. And neither has this been handed down to us on a silver platter.

To the credit of every tax paying Filipino we all sacrificed as we contributed by way of E-vat to the growing economy that we have now. So many things have still to be done. We cannot sleep on our laurels. And neither is the President, as she called on everyone “to undertake all measures to break down the shackles of debt that has kept a generation of Filipinos in the grip of cyclical poverty.” (PIA-Northern Samar) [top]

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