After Duterte's ratings drop, gov't to look into Visayas, Luzon concerns

Rose Carmelle Lacuata, ABS-CBN News

Posted at Oct 10 2017 04:02 AM

Following the two-digit drop in the net satisfaction and trust ratings of President Rodrigo Duterte, the government will look into issues in Visayas and Luzon, Palace Communications Secretary Martin Andanar said Monday.

The September Social Weather Stations (SWS) survey showed that Duterte’s net satisfaction rating fell to +48 (good) from last quarter's +66 (very good), while his net trust rating fell to +60 (very good) from +75 (excellent).

"Ang gagawin po natin, we will find out the details. Ang kailangan kasi dito ay magkaroon ng FGD (focus group discussion) study para malaman natin kung ano ang reklamo ng ating mga kababayan dito sa Visayas at dito po naman sa Balance Luzon," Andanar told DZMM.

"We want to get to the bottom of the problem, and as part of the government, kailangan maging flexible at kailangan tugunan ang problema ng mamamayan, we have to find out kung ano talaga ang problema, get to the bottom of it," he added.

Andanar also said they have received reports that there are some agricultural problems in Visayas.

"Para kung mayroon mang legitimate na hinaing itong ating mga kababayan sa Visayas at sa Balance Luzon ay pwede natin itong kaagad resolbahin," he said.

"Kailangan natin alamin kung ang problema ba ay pagkain. Kasi pwedeng pagkain ang problema, maaring nagugutom ang sambayanan doon sa Visayas at kailangan matugunan ang kanilang problema at dito din sa Balance Luzon," Andanar also said.

For Andanar, Filipinos in Visayas and Balance Luzon need to feel the presence of the government.

"We need to focus in Visayas. We need to focus in Balance Luzon. We need to know their problems and sa palagay ko, ito ay problema ng socio-economic cluster. Kailangan pumunta doon at iparamdan sa kanila ang presensiya ng kanilang mga departamento," he said.

Andanar earlier said this should serve as a reminder for the administration to work harder on fulfilling its promises to the public.

He also said this is expected as the "honeymoon period" in the Duterte administration is over.