SOME economic measures of President Rodrigo Duterte administration are less appreciated by Dabawenyos, a recent survey of the University of Mindanao-Institute of Popular Opinion (UM-IPO) revealed.
The study dubbed as “President Duterte a year after: A performance evaluation,” ranked all the 18 common promises made by President Duterte in the last year’s election.
The results showed that economic measures (Dutertenomics) were ranked 11th, 17th, and 18th in the performance measures.
The promise of increasing infra spending to 7 percent of gross domestic product (GDP) obtained a rating of 85.19 percent ranking at the 11th spot while solving the traffic in Manila, a far-issue to Dabawenyos yet one thing they can relate to, received a rating of 76.15 percent making it at the 17th spot.
At the bottom list is Duterte’s actions towards improving internet connectivity and access. It received a rating of 72.15 percent, which if translated to academic scale is a failing grade.
“The turnout of the survey can be interpreted that Dabawenyos know that the very nature of the Duterte administration is facilitating governance before business, maybe economic gains can be felt in the grassroots after two to three years. The President really is into human capital investment rather that market investment,” Adrian Tamayo, UM-IPO director for quantitative studies said on Monday during the Kapehan Sa Dabaw at the Annex of SM City Davao.
However, other economic measures such as promotion of family planning (87.3 percent), destruction of cartel rice smugglers (85.85 percent), amendment of the constitution to lift law restricting foreign investments (84.41 percent) ranked 7th, 10th and 12th, respectively.
Of the promises made during election, highest rating was afforded for the efforts to pursue federalism (96.21 percent) followed by the positive impression to stop drug problem by suppressing drug trade (90.11 percent) and efforts to curb corruption in the government (88.14 percent).
The study used a 3 percent margin of error and 95 percent confidence level, respondents are Dabawenyos who are randomly sampled.
Published in the SunStar Davao newspaper on July 11, 2017.
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