EDITORIAL| Campaign promises on track

THE RECENT Social Weather Stations survey for the second quarter showed that Pres. Rodrigo Duterte continues to enjoy high approval ratings from the public, higher even than that of the first quarter of this year. Conducted from June 23-26, 2017, it found 78 percent of adult Filipinos satisfied as compared to 75 percent last March.

The University of Mindanao’s Institute of Popular Opinion released yesterday its own performance and evaluation of the president’s campaign promises, a year after he stepped into power. They took the 18 common campaign promises and ranked them according to the respondents’ perception using a 3 percent margin of error and 95% confidence level.

The highest rating was the effort of this administration to pursue federalism at 96.21; stop drug problem by suppressing drug trade (90.11); curb corruption in the government (88.14); illegal labor contractualization (88.10) and the opening of health facilities in every barangay with resident doctor (87.74)

The lowest rank went to ‘improve internet connectivity and access’ at 72.15.

The IPO results showed an 89.38  public approval based on the high satisfaction on the promises made during the campaign.

A huge majority (83%) also believe that Duterte can withstand threats of destabilization. Eight out of 10 Dabawenyos believe that this administration can withstand attempts of destabilization while seven out of 10 believe that significant developments can happen to this country with Duterte as President.

Riding high on his achievements a year into power, 78 percent of Dabawenyos believe that this administration can make the country better than the past presidents and this will be a continuing challenge for the Duterte administration in the next five years.

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