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PIA conducts online briefing on three nationwide surveys

QUEZON CITY (PIA) -- The Planning and Communication Research Division (PCRD) of the Philippine Information Agency (PIA), in coordination with their Human Resource Development Division, held an online briefing on the Nationwide Survey Results on the Opinion and Expectations About the Marcos Administration, Selected National Issues, and the First Post-SONA Survey on 31 August 2022 via Zoom and I-Hayag Facebook page. 

According to PIA Director General Ramon Lee Cualoping III, as the Agency moves forward, they have to be data-driven.

He added, “We embrace the data that we have. We maximize PCRD’s reach, talent, and their capacity for us to deep-dive and to understand the various facets and issues that affect our delivery of public policy to our various stakeholders and people that we have to engage and deal with.”

The target participants of the online briefing on the results of the three surveys were the regional heads or officers-in-charge, information center managers, regional research focal persons, PIA Central Office personnel from the Office of the Director General, Planning and Communication Research Division, Program Management Division, Regional Operations Division, and Creative and Production Services Division.

Director General Ramon Lee Cualoping III
PIA-HRDD Assistant Division Head Jayson Leguiab (left) and PIA-PCRD Officer-in-Charge Frances Mae Macapagat (right)

Survey on Sectoral Representatives’ Opinions and Expectations about the Marcos Administration

There was a total of 1,547 participants in this survey. Results show Social Media as the most frequently used source of news and information about government plans, programs, and services, followed by television, online news media, and radio. The reasons provided for their first choice as a source of news and information are accessibility, accuracy, and relevance.

Meanwhile, half of the respondents rated their quality of life as “better” in 2022 compared to how it was in 2021. The majority of the respondents cited the high cost of living as the most challenging issue they experienced during the past 12 months.

More than half or 63% of the respondents in this survey believe that PBBM’s administration will lead the country to a better Philippines. The respondents said that the top five (5) urgent concerns that the Marcos administration needs to address are (1) controlling inflation or lowering the prices of basic commodities; (2) fighting graft and corruption; (3) reducing hunger and poverty; (4) improving the state of agriculture; and (5) improving the state of education.

The top five (5) priorities that the present administration must immediately address during its first 100 days are to (1) push for higher salaries for workers; (2) mitigate the impact of oil price hikes; (3) redesign the operations of PhilHealth and provide insurance for all; (4) lower the retail of rice to P20 per kilo; (5) ensure safe reopening and allow more schools to hold face-to-face classes.

The respondents chose these top five (5) common government complaints which need to be addressed immediately by the administration: (1) graft and corruption; (2) lack of healthcare assistance/facilities; (3) red tape/excessive requirements or processes; (4) nepotism; and (5) “Mamaya na/ bumalik ka na lang” attitude.

The familiarity of respondents with the Philippine Information Agency is generally high across all regions and among all sectors. And the respondents think the Agency can help the administration through its mandate to continue providing accurate, timely, and relevant information. Respondents prefer IEC materials are feature articles, videos, photos, social media cards, print materials and puppet plays.

Nationwide Quick Response Survey on Selected National Issue

For the analysis of this survey’s result, responses from 1,573 respondents were used.

Soaring Oil Prices

To address the rising oil prices, the following proposals were approved by a huge majority of respondents: (1) reintroduction of the Oil Price Stabilization Fund (OPSF) (83%); (2) amendment of the oil deregulation law (81%); (3) provision of transport ‘ayuda’ (76%); and (4) suspension of fuel excise tax (72.2%).

Meanwhile, a small majority (58%) of the respondents concur that fare hike petitions should be granted. One-fourth (26%) of the respondents are neutral to fare hike approval.

Electricity

Nearly 8 out of 10 respondents or 79% strongly agree that the country should explore using renewable sources of energy while 8 out of 10 respondents also agree with demands to amend EPIRA (combined 29% agree, 53% strongly agree) and to renew the Malampaya gas-to-power project (29% agree, 52% strongly agree). Meanwhile, the issue of the revival of the Bataan Nuclear Power Plant (BNPP) got the least approval with 20% of the respondents agreeing and 47% disagreeing, although it is still within a majority.

Online Cockfighting (E-Sabong) Operations

Among the respondents, 73% strongly agree with the order to suspend the operations of online cockfights or e-sabong. The majority of those who answered the survey, or 72% also strongly agree that e-sabong adversely impacts Filipino families while 47% strongly oppose a measure to make e-sabong legal in the Philippines.

NTF-ELCAC/Anti-Communist Insurgency  

Results of this survey show six out of 10 respondents or 63% strongly agree that NTF-ELCAC should continue and over half of the respondents or 56% strongly agree that peace talks should continue. Meanwhile, four out of 10 respondents, or 4% agree in general with ‘red-tagging’ but over one-third or 35% disagree and 24% or one-fourth are neutral about the issue.

Research Study on Opinions about President Marcos’ SONA

 Respondents for this research numbered 1,196.

Among the respondents, 53.5% watched the SONA on TV, 48.7% watched it live on the Internet, 22.8% read the President’s speech or the news article about it on the Internet while 13.3% listened to the SONA on the radio and 5.1% read the speech and the news article about SONA on the newspaper.

Among the audience who were also respondents, 56.3% are satisfied with the President’s SONA, 25.3% are very satisfied, 15.2% are undecided if they are satisfied or dissatisfied while 2.5% are dissatisfied and .8% are very dissatisfied.

Among the topics discussed during the SONA, respondents like the following: (1) Agriculture; (2) Health; (3) Economy; (4) Others: all or everything about the speech, education, migrant workers, foreign policy, climate change, and digitalization. On the other hand, respondents disliked the SONA because of major issues not mentioned, the language used, and other reasons such as the institutionalization of mandatory ROTC, no plan for media, press freedom, and construction of a power plant.

The majority or 59% of the respondents believe that most of the promises during the SONA will be fulfilled while 24% believe that only a few of these promises will come true and 16% say all or nearly all of the promises will be met. The remaining 1% composes of those who have no answer and those who believe none of the promises will be fulfilled.

For the suggestions on President’s Top priorities, 47.6% of the respondents said it should be ensuring economic recovery and growth; 36.4% believe it should be strengthening the agriculture sector; 35.9% push for the issue of improving access to healthcare, 29.3% said generating jobs and livelihood while 28.5% chose to respond to the coronavirus pandemic.

Among the news stories about SONA monitored by PIA Monitoring Unit from July 15 to August 3, 53.6% have a positive slant, 30.7% were negative and 15.7% were neutral.  

Generally, the public received President Marcos’ first SONA positively. The top topics which the Filipino public is concerned about are agriculture, economy, and health. 

To end the briefing, PIA-PCRD Officer-in-Charge Frances Mae Macapagat expressed gratitude to everyone who contributed to the success of the three surveys presented.

She said, “consistent with PIA Director General Ramon Lee Cualoping’s banner campaign for the PIA, the Explain, Explain, Explain, we in the PCRD intend to support this by providing regional offices and the central office with timely and accurate data to make our activities and IECs more helpful, useful, attractive, and relevant in the eyes of our target audience.”

For feedback and inquiry on the surveys conducted, send an email to pcrd@pia.gov.ph. (ARB - PIA CPSD)

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Kate Shiene Austria

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Information Officer III under the Office of the Deputy Director-General-Digital Development Communications Unit of Philippine Information Agency. 

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