PAHAYAG SONA: Panel gives Duterte admin passing marks for 19/19 policy thrusts

25 Aug

PAHAYAG SONA: Panel gives Duterte admin passing marks for 19/19 policy thrusts

A national panel of 1,500 respondents gave the Duterte administration passing marks for all 19 major policy thrusts tested through the PAHAYAG SONA survey conducted by PUBLiCUS Asia Inc. from August 1-11, 2020.

Respondents to the survey were provided a list of 19 policy thrusts and asked the following question: “How would you rate the Duterte administration’s performance on the following?” The answer choices provided were Strongly Disapprove, Disapprove, Neither Approve Nor Disapprove, Approve, and Strongly Approve.

A majority of respondents signified they either Approve or Strongly Approve of the admin’s performance for all 19 policy thrusts. The highest approval ratings were earned for providing quality tech voc and tertiary education (75.27% approval), providing quality primary and secondary education (74.80%), responding to natural disasters (73.74%), and taking care of OFWs (70.87%).


Meanwhile, the Duterte administration earned its lowest marks for promoting free speech (56.87%), maintaining sovereignty (58.13%), managing inflation (61.67%), and improving international relations (61.86%).

The other policy thrusts tested were enhancing food security (70.74%), maintaining peace and order (70.20%), helping the poor (70.06%), promoting tourism (69.87%), fighting corruption (69.8%), expanding the economy (68.87%), generating jobs (68.86%), developing infrastructure (68.6%), improving energy security (66.27%), curbing terrorism (65.4%), and resolving the NPA issue (63.53%).

The highest approval rating for any single issue measured at the island group level came from Mindanao, where 85.7% of respondents said they approved of the administration’s performance in responding to natural disasters. The lowest approval ratings were registered in North Central Luzon, where only 51% of respondents approved of the administration’s performance on promoting free speech and maintaining sovereignty.

PAHAYAG SONA is a 1,500-respondent independent and non-commissioned online panel survey conducted by PUBLiCUS Asia, Inc. The panel for the survey was provided by Lightspeed GMI Singapore Pte Ltd, Profiles Division of Kantar (“Kantar”). Kantar is a leading firm in the global data industry with a panel reach of 88 million respondents in 90 markets worldwide.

The regional breakdowns were NCR, North Central Luzon (NCL), South Luzon (SL, which includes Bicol region), Visayas and Mindanao.

Invitations to answer the structured online survey questionnaire were distributed to the Philippine panel population on a random basis. Potential panel respondents were screened to possess the following characteristics: aged 18 years old and above, registered voter, and residing in the Philippines. The sample was then drawn in proportion to the registered voting population as of the May 2019 elections.

PAHAYAG is the flagship non-commissioned survey brand and corporate social responsibility (CSR) initiative of PUBLiCUS Asia, Inc. The principal aim of PAHAYAG is to inform decision makers, thought leaders, the media, and the general public on the changing perceptions, opinions, and ideals of the Filipino people.

PAHAYAG SONA is the 9th PAHAYAG survey conducted and reported to the public by PUBLiCUS since the brand was established in 2017.