> Arroyo ‘has done little or none at all’ – PDI readers

FINAL GRADE:
Arroyo ‘has done little or none at all’

What most PDI readers say

By Lawrence de Guzman
Philippine Daily Inquirer

MANILA, Philippines—President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo “has done little or none at all.”

This is the response from the majority of readers who answered a questionnaire printed in the Philippine Daily Inquirer about the performance of Ms Arroyo in her 8 1/2 years of stay in Malacañang.

Called “State of the Nation 2009—GMA’s Final Grade,” the Inquirer asked readers to grade the performance of the President in addressing five national concerns: fighting graft and corruption, reducing poverty, keeping peace and order, enforcing the law equally and delivering social services.

Ms Arroyo’s lowest mark was on addressing graft and corruption, with 91.5 percent of respondents saying she has done little or nothing at all.

The President’s highest mark was on the delivery of social services, with 14.4 percent saying she has done well.

She got negative net ratings (the difference between the “has-done-well” rating and the “has-not-done-well/none-at all” rating) in fighting graft and corruption (-86.6), reducing poverty (-76.0), keeping peace and order (-62.7), enforcing the law equally (-76.7) and delivering social services (-54.3).

Readers were made to indicate in a multiple choice format if they thought the President “has done much” or “has done little” in dealing with each national concern. They were also given the option to indicate if they were “undecided.”

Running from July 23 to July 26, the questionnaire elicited 880 valid responses which were sent to the Inquirer by way of text messages, e-mail and fax.

Fighting graft

A total of 805 people, or 91.4 percent of the respondents, believed that the President “has done little or none at all” in curbing corruption since she assumed office in 2001.

Only 43 people (4.9 percent) said that Ms Arroyo “has done much” in this aspect, while only 32 respondents or 3.64 percent said they were “undecided.”

Reducing poverty

A total of 745 people (84.7 percent) said Ms Arroyo “has done little or none at all” in curbing poverty in the country.

Seventy-six respondents (8.6 percent) said the President “has done much” in dealing with poverty reduction. There were 59 individuals (6.7 percent) who said they were “undecided.”

Keeping peace and order

A total of 653 people (74.2 percent) thought that Ms Arroyo “has done little or none at all” in pushing for peace and order in the country.

A total of 101 respondents (11.5 percent) said the President “has done much,” while 126 people (14.32 percent) said they were “undecided.”

Enforcing the law equally

A total of 739 people (83.9 percent) of the respondents said the President “has done little or none at all” in enforcing the law equally in the country.

Only 64 respondents (7.3 percent) said Ms Arroyo “has done much” for justice to reign impartially, while 77 (8.7 percent) were “undecided.”

Social services

A total of 605 people (68.7 percent) of respondents said the President “has done little or nothing at all” in the delivery of social services.

A total of 127 respondents (14.4 percent) said Ms Arroyo “has done much,” while 148 (16.8 percent) were “undecided.”

The first four concerns included in the Inquirer study were adopted from the “most urgent national concerns” itemized in Pulse Asia surveys from March 2007 to February 2009.

The fifth concern—delivery of social services—was included in the list by Inquirer editors.

Profile of respondents

Respondents came from different parts of the country, and a few from abroad.

Respondents from Metro Manila accounted for a third of those who took part in the study, while readers from other parts of Luzon outside Metro Manila accounted for a fourth of the respondents.

Less than 7 percent came from the Visayas, and 10 percent from Mindanao.

About a fifth of the respondents chose not to put their location.

The remaining 4.5 percent of the respondents came from Filipinos abroad—Australia, Bahrain (3), Canada, Dubai, Germany, Hong Kong, Japan (2), the Netherlands (2), Oman, Qatar (2), Saudi Arabia (7), Singapore (3), UAE (2) United Kingdom (2), United States (10) and Vietnam.

The bulk (61.2 percent) of the responses were sent through text messages, 36.6 percent via e-mail, and 2.2 percent through fax.

Results of the study do not reflect the views of all Inquirer readers as they only included the views of the readers who saw the questionnaire, took the time to answer it, and had access to a mobile phone, Internet or fax to send their responses.

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  1. August 7, 2009 at 12:37 pm

    THE ARROYO GOVERNMENT IS FAILURE as a result of performing the ” THE MASTERY OF GRAFT AND CORRUPTION”I just wonder why the FILIPINO PEOPLE has tolerated the abuses and wrong doings of this “SMALL BUT EXTREMELY TERRIBLE AND ARROGANT WOMAN” for so long….I PERSUADE AND CONVINCE EVERY FILIPINO TO JOIN HANDS TOGETHER IN JAILING THIS WOMAN INCLUDING Her HUSBAND,THE ARCHITECH OF ALL ANOMALIES,HIS SON AND HER INLAWS ESPECIALLY THE CONGRESSMAN BROTHER OF MIGUEL ARROYO ETC. AFTER SHE STEPS DOWN….

  2. sidecomments
    September 2, 2009 at 1:33 pm

    has done little or none at all?!?! that’s rubbish!!! ofcourse they’ve done big!!! they have increased their own household wealth a thousand fold!!! they’ve masterminded the sale of Transco for $4.9 Billion (sino pa ba chairman ng energy sa lower house) by hiding it behind the ZTE Broadbande issue… FYI… magkakasabay halos ng mga pangyayari yun!!! Dec. 15, 2007 was when the ZTE was at its peak… also it was when they sold Transco fo 4.9 Billion Dollars (as against the 350 Million dollars defuct deal)… so anong little ang pinagsasasabi nyo?!

  3. sidecomments
    September 2, 2009 at 1:40 pm

    haaaay nakoooo…. sila razon at mga friendster nilang mga intsik rin ang nakabili ng Transco ano… ano kayo hilo? kawawang Pilipino… ginisa sa sariling mantika ng mismong presidente at pinuno. Nacacapagal isipin.

  4. joe
    November 17, 2009 at 6:21 pm

    I respect the belief of others that PGMA had done a little to this country but advice them to open their eyes more.
    ON CORRUPTION; This is an issue lobbed against an inconvent by people who want to take over the position because it is the sweetest issue one can choose.DMacapagal to Garcia,Marcos to DMacapagal,CAquino to Marcos.Then silent during Cory then sounded again Phil/Amari deal of Ramos, Plunder of Estrada and ZTE/Fertilizer of PGMA.Of all of these allegations only that of Estrada was proven correct and the recovered 189million benefit of the effort.Of course some amount was recovered from Swiss acct. of Marcos but such recovery is still under contest by the Marcoses.
    The best measurement of corruption this time is the tally of numbers of corrupt officials caught or brought to court president by president not mere presence of corruption, to see who of them had done the best.In this mudslinging of the issue we Filipinos gain a little but lost more as opportunities shy away from us and went to our
    neighbors.We lost opportunities worth trillions of pesos.
    On poverty aleviation,the president who accomplished highest commulative GNP growth had accomplish the best!Politicians who promised to eliminate poverty but no clear accomplishment/strategy to improve economy are doomed to come short of their promise.There are only two Presidents after Marcos era that contributed economic growth to this country, they are Ramos and PGMA.

  5. zheer
    January 5, 2010 at 12:05 pm

    arroyo’s performance is completely ARRAY-YOU AND ME.
    MY RATE IF I RATE her is UNENDING ZERO.

  6. edith
    April 6, 2010 at 6:42 pm

    i believe that GMA had done a lot for protecting their own business.
    I hope they consider us Filipinos who elected them a profitable business partners but they don’t we are just being used for their own convenient. all of them are so disgusting!!!!

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