DILG thanks public for gov’t high rating in Covid-19 response


The Department of the Interior and Local Government (DILG) on Friday thanked the public for the government’s high approval rating of 83 percent in the OCTA Research’s Tugon ng Masa Survey on the government’s response to prevent the spread of coronavirus disease 2019 (Covid-19) in the country as it reaffirms its commitment to continue to do its part in bringing the pandemic to its end.

“Masaya kami na naramdaman ng mga tao na may gobyernong nagmamalasakit sa gitna ng pandemya. Dahil dito, lalo pa naming paiigtingin ang aming mga programa tulad ng huling yugto ng pagbabakuna, pagpapatupad ng minimum health standards, at papapanatili ng kaayusan sa bansa lalo na’t ilang araw nalang ay eleksiyon na (We are happy that the people that there is a government that cares for them amidst the pandemic. We promise to do better in implementing our programs such as vaccination drive, minimum health standards, maintaining peace and order especially during the upcoming elections),” DILG Secretary Eduardo M. Año said.

Año said the survey results is an affirmation that the government’s management and handling of the pandemic is a success in the eyes of those who matter most, the Filipino people, who felt that the government was present and in command since Day 1 of the pandemic.

“Sa kabila ng mga sinasabi ng ilang kritiko, ang taumbayan na mismo ang humusga at nagsabing matagumpay ang tugon ng pamahalaan sa krisis ng Covid-19. Alam nilang hindi nagpabaya ang gobyerno (Despite being crticized, majority of the Filipino people have said that the government has succeeded in its fight against Covid-19. They know that their government did not neglect them),” he said.

The DILG chief said that while the survey result is a huge consolation for the hard work and sacrifice of front-liners, including the local government units (LGUs), police and fire personnel, the more important thing is that the country is now gradually going back to normal with few cases and relaxed the alert levels in most parts of the country.

“Nagbunga ang sakripisyo nating lahat. Makakabangon at makakabawi rin tayo (Our sacrifices bear fruit. We can overcome this),” he said.

In the Tugon ng Masa survey conducted from March 5 to 10, 2022, about 83 percent of the surveyed respondents said they “truly approve” or “somewhat approve” the government’s response actions against Covid-19.

Respondents in the National Capital Region (NCR) also gave a thumbs up to the government with 88 percent giving similar responses. The rest of Luzon chimed in their approval with 79 percent approval rating, 92 percent in the Visayas, and 80 percent in Mindanao.

A total of 1,200 respondents across the country participated in the survey led by the OCTA Research Group. The participants were given five response options to choose from: Truly Approve, Somewhat Approve, Can’t say If Approve or Disapprove, Somewhat Disapprove and Truly Disapprove.

“The high survey ratings must not make us complacent, instead, we should intensify our vaccination campaign in areas with low vaccine confidence and we must continue enforcing the minimum public health standards,” Año said.

Of the 6 percent who said they “somewhat disapprove/truly disapprove” the government’s Covid-19 response, 7 percent were from NCR; 5 percent were from the rest of Luzon; 1 percent in Visayas; and 10 percent in Mindanao.

Source: Philippines News Agency

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