Aquino gets very good grade from Yolanda victims

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Despite criticisms about his administration’s slow response in areas devastated by Super Typhoon Yolanda (international name: Haiyan), President Benigno Aquino 3rd still got a higher satisfaction ratings from the victims of the said typhoon, a Social Weather Stations (SWS) survey said.

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The survey,  which was conducted last December 11-16,  showed higher satisfaction ratings for the President among victims of Typhoon Yolanda compared to those who were not victimized by the disaster.

President Aquino got a 73 percent satisfaction rating and a 19 percent dissatisfaction rating among Yolanda victims, for a net satisfaction rating of +54 or “very good.”

Non-Yolanda victims, on one hand, gave a 69 percent satisfaction rating and a 21 percent dissatisfaction rating to the President, with a net satisfaction rating of +48 or “good.”

In a press conference, Malacañang lauded the results of the latest SWS survey.

Presidential Communications Secretary Hermnio Coloma Jr. said that it is “gratifying” that those who were victims of typhoon appreciate the work of the administration despite its shortcomings.

“It is gratifying that those who suffered greatly appreciate what their President and their government have done to ease their pain and alleviate their plight despite the shortcomings and challenges still being hurdled,” Coloma said.

“We are inspired by this manifestation of support to government’s continuing efforts to help them rebuild their lives and build disaster-resilient communities,” he added.

Meanwhile, the survey said that only 13 percent of the 1, 550 respondents answered yes to the question, “Kayo po ba o ang inyong pamilya ay NASALANTA nitong nakaraang bagyong Yolanda? [Did you or your family suffer SERIOUS HARM during the recent typhoon Yolanda?].”

It also said the other 87 percent said they did not suffer serious harm from the super typhoon.

A previous SWS survey revealed that a higher self-rated poverty, food poverty, and hunger rates were recorded among non-victims of Yolanda. CATHERINE S. VALENTE

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