Gov't gets passing marks in disaster response: Pulse


Posted at Sep 26 2012 10:59 AM | Updated as of Sep 26 2012 09:29 PM

MANILA, Philippines – The Aquino administration received passing marks for its disaster preparedness efforts, with a mean grade of 80 for disaster preparedness initiatives, speed of response to calamity victims and effectiveness of the response, the latest Pulse Asia survey revealed Wednesday.

The survey was conducted August 31 to September 7, 2012, just weeks after heavy floods caused by the southwest monsoon battered Metro Manila and surrounding provinces. The survey also started on the same day that a 7.9-magnitude earthquake struck off the coast of Eastern Samar.

Panicking resident plucked from flood. Photo by Rem Zamora

The survey showed the Aquino government getting a “very good” median 1 grade of 85 on disaster response. It also got a median grade of 80 in its speed and effectiveness of response to calamity victims.

The survey showed a small majority of Filipinos (58%) expressed satisfaction with their local government's efforts to address the needs of calamity victims while 13% of Filipinos said they are dissatisfied with their local government's disaster response initiatives.

The nationwide survey is based on a sample of 1,200 representative adults 18 years old and above. It has a ± 3% error margin at the 95% confidence level.

Subnational estimates for each of the geographic areas covered in the survey (i.e., Metro Manila, the rest of Luzon, Visayas and Mindanao) have a ± 6% error margin, also at 95% confidence level.