The Aquino administration spent over P5 million for surveys in 2012 or a year before the midterm elections, the Commission on Audit (COA) reported Thursday.
Based on COA’s findings, the Presidential Communications Development and Strategic Planning Office (PCDSPO) headed by Secretary Ricky Carandang spent P5,577,816.09 for surveys—an item that the PCDSPO office did not spent for in 2011.
In the same COA report, the PCDSPO commissioned polling agencies such as Pulse Asia and Social Weather Stations to gauge public perspectives on national issues, the performance of the administration and other related issues.
“This is in line with the function of the agency to control and supervise the conduct of market research, monitoring public opinion and gathering, as well as the use and analysis of other relevant data as may be necessary,” the PCDSPO said.
Carandang’s office more than doubled its expenditure for consultancy services by shelling out P4,441,855.78 in 2012— higher than the 2011 figure of P2,023,066.63.
The PCDSPO traced the increase of spending in consultancy services to the hiring of additional consultants for the agency.
President Benigno Aquino 3rd has always scored high in trust and satisfaction ratings in Pulse Asia and SWS surveys.
LLANESCA T. PANTI