On Duterte’s administration 5% of Davaoeños ‘adversely affected’

AMID the sea of devotees in his hometown, five percent of Davaoeños polled claimed that the change implemented during the seven-month leadership of President Rodrigo Duterte “adversely affected them,” the survey of University of Mindanao (UM)’s Institute of Public Opinion (IPO) bared.

In the survey of UM-IPO, which was conducted last month, only five percent out of 1,200 respondents cited that “the change they experienced adversely affected them.”

The results of the institute’s survey were released during yesterday’s Kapehan sa Dabaw at SM City Davao-Annex.

The results were based on the institute’s question that asked the public’s perception on the impact of Duterte presidency in the city.

But the five percent is little compared to the 95% who gave positive comment to the Duterte’s administration.

The results of UM-IPO’s survey revealed that “62% of Dabawenyos believed that Duterte’s presidency was totally good for Davao City; 19% manifest that there is a positive impact associated with minor discomfort; and 14% indicate that the impact is good but not as much helpful to them.”

Dr. Maria Linda Arquiza, director of UM-IPO, said yesterday in the weekly Kapehan sa Dabaw that they initiated the survey as the city is earning attention and prime focus following the Duterte’s presidency.

“A lot of things, indeed, are happening for Davao City,” Arquiza said.

UM-IPO’s survey was conducted on Feb. 14 to 22 with 1,200 respondents from the three Congressional districts in the city.

The survey also showed that the public rated tourism and peace and order as two areas with high affirmative impact, wherein seven in 10 Davaoeños appreciated the impact of the Duterte presidency especially to the city’s tourism.

The poll as well cited that 67% of the respondents appreciated the intensive police visibility and low criminality in the city and the familiarity of the people with “Tokhang” which was seen effective in the city and was eventually applied in the whole country.

“However, traffic situation, informal settlers and asset/property values are among the critical area, which the public revealed to have experienced adverse changes with 63%, 75% and 65% respectively of the population experiencing discomfort,” the survey of UM-IPO added.

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