Duterte’s ‘very good’ survey rating inspires

A MalacaAang official on Tuesday welcomed the latest Social Weather Stations (SWS) survey where the administration of President Rodrigo Duterte received a "very good" net satisfaction rating.

"The 4th Quarter 2016 Social Weather Survey conducted on December 3 to 6 via face-to-face interviews with 1,500 adults nationwide with sampling error margins of 3 points for national percentages and 4 for Balance Luzon as well as 6 points each for Metro Manila, Visayas and Mindanao found 73 percent of respondents satisfied with the national government, 12 percent dissatisfied and 15 percent undecided, yielding a net satisfaction rating of +61 percent, classified by the Social Weather Survey as 'very good'," Presidential Spokesperson Ernesto Abella said at a press briefing.

Abella also mentioned the Pulse Asia Survey showing President Duterte as the most trusted government official in the Philippines.

The Palace official noted that the President's high rating "continues to serve as a source of inspiration to the President and his official family."

The survey showed that the President's trust and approval ratings are at a high of 83 percent.

Abella also commended the authorities and Black Nazarene devotees for the safe and successful celebration of the annual religious festivity on Monday.

"The Black Nazarene is back home safe after terror threats. Despite possible threats of violence from various groups, thousands of Catholic devotees guided the centuries-old image of the Black Nazarene safely back to its home before dawn on Tuesday. Doors closed at 3:30 a.m. this morning," said Abella.

At the same press briefing, Energy Undersecretary Felix William Fuentebella urged citizens to conserve energy in light of the scheduled maintenance shutdown of Malampaya gas field from January 28 to February 18.

"Secretary Cusi issued a directive: number one, kailangan ma-ensure ng Department of Energy, in proper coordination with our partners, with the stakeholders involved, that there will be sufficiency of power; and number two, we have to maximize protection to our consumers so that we will avoid any price shock," he said.

Fuentebella also gave an update on the government's power restoration efforts in those areas affected by the recent typhoons.

The Energy official reported that as of January 9, power was already restored to 76 percent of those affected. Of the 1,700,000 affected households, 1,300,000 have already been restored.

He said to fast track the restoration of power to the residential households and to the commercial areas, the National Electrification Administration (NEA) has coordinated with the distribution utilities.

These include cooperatives and private distribution utilities and the agency mobilized almost 1,000 personnel, technical people, linesmen, and engineers, he said.

Source: Philippines News Agency