MANILA -- Palace welcomed a Social Weather Stations (SWS) survey showing that President Benigno Aquino III received higher satisfaction ratings from those affected by super typhoon "Yolanda."
Communications Secretary Sonny Coloma said they appreciate the recognition given to government's efforts to alleviate the hardship of typhoon survivors.
"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. We are inspired by this manifestation of support to government's continuing efforts to help them rebuild their lives and build disaster-resilient communities," Coloma said.
The survey, conducted from December 11 to 16 last year, revealed that 69 percent of non-victims of Yolanda were satisfied with the President's performance while 73 percent of typhoon survivors were satisfied with measures taken by the President during the disaster.
In a separate statement, deputy presidential spokesperson Abigail Valte also said: "We are heartened to know that government efforts have helped alleviate the hardships of our affected countrymen, even in a small way, as they rise from the rubble of devastation... As we seek to build back better, we are further encouraged by and thankful to the many Filipinos -- our bosses -- who continue to stand shoulder to shoulder with us as we tread the straight path to recovery and progress."
The Palace statement was issued as government officials who are spearheading relief and recovery efforts in typhoon-hit areas appeared before Thursday's congressional oversight committee hearing on post-Yolanda disaster management efforts. -- Report from Willard Cheng, ABS-CBN News