SWS: 78% Filipinos appreciate gov't efforts to rebuild Marawi

MAJORITY of adult Filipinos have expressed satisfaction over the government's efforts to bring back normalcy in Marawi City that was devastated following the May 23 armed conflict, according to the latest poll conducted by the Social Weather Stations (SWS).

The September 23 to 27 survey found that 78 percent of 1,500 respondents appreciate how the Duterte government does its best to restore peace and order in Marawi City.

SWS said around 43 percent of the 78 percent are "very satisfied" while 35 percent are "somewhat satisfied."

Only seven percent were not satisfied, consisting of three percent "very dissatisfied" and four percent "somewhat satisfied." Fifteen percent were ambivalent on the matter.

The poll results yielded a net satisfaction of "excellent" +70.

On May 23, the President enforced military rule in the whole of Mindanao after pro-Islamic State fighters stirred violence in Marawi, an Islamic city which is home to 200,000 individuals.

The battle between Philippine security troops and the local and foreign extremists lasted for nearly five months.

Exactly five months since the crisis erupted, the government announced the end of war; following the state forces' evident retaking of Marawi City from the hands of only a few terrorists "fighting for their life" after their leaders, Isnilon Hapilon and Omar Maute, had been killed.

SWS said net satisfaction with the Duterte administration's efforts to rebuild Marawi City was highest in Mindanao, which was recorded at "excellent" +77 (81 percent satisfied, four percent dissatisfied).

This was followed by Metro Manila's "excellent" +75 (83 percent satisfied, eight percent dissatisfied), Balance Luzon's "very good" +66 (74 percent satisfied, eight percent dissatisfied), and Visayas' "very good" +65 (75 percent satisfied, 10 percent dissatisfied).

The poll also revealed that the net satisfaction scores in overall urban and rural areas were "excellent" +70 and "very good" +69, respectively.

Net satisfaction rating was "excellent" among members of Iglesia ni Cristo (+75) and religions other than Iglesia ni Cristo, Islam, and Roman Catholic (+75). On the other hand, it was just "very good" among memvbers of Roman Catholics (+69) and Muslims (+65).

SWS said 60 percent of the respondents in Visayas and in Mindanao believed that the government would take five years to fully rehabilitate Marawi City.

Only 50 percent in Balance Luzon and 44 percent in Metro Manila said Marawi's full recovery would be accomplished by five years.

The pollster used sampling error margins of ±3 percentage points for national percentages, ±4 percentage points for Balance Luzon, and ±6 percentage points each for Metro Manila, Visayas and Mindanao. (SunStar Philippines)

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