Filipinos have given the government a high pass mark for disaster preparedness, according to a new survey.
In a country that suffers regular tropical storms and flooding, particularly in recent years, pollster Pulse Asia found that citizens gave the administration of President Benigno Aquino a healthy 85 percent, or very good, for preparedness and 80 percent, or good, for speed and effectiveness of its responses. The pass mark is 75 percent.
Ronald Holmes, president of Pulse Asia, said the results showed that across different geographic areas and classes within the country, the government enjoys “essentially the same passing grades on all issues.”
But at the local level authorities did much worse with just 58 percent expressing satisfaction with the response of local governments, while the Visayas registered a satisfaction rate of just 46 percent. [More]