The Davao City-based Institute of Public Opinion gave Mayor Sara Duterte-Carpio a 90.87% considered “as good as superior.”
The survey was conducted on October 11-21 from among 1200 randomly selected Dabawenyos as participants on both male and female sexes.
Surprisingly, the third sex gave the highest rating of 93.16 percent compared to male and female counterparts on the services and programs of the city administration.
The senior citizens also gave high remarks with 91.30 percent, the widowed and the separated gave 92.30 percent.
“They see the government as their government,” said Dr. Adrian Tamayo, director of the IPO, referring to marginalized sectors like the third sex, the separated, the widowed and the pensioners.
He said this emerged from a cross tabulation in determining the focus of these programs.
In terms of income class, the very rich or class A provided the highest grade of 92.80 percent while the people earning below P5,000 a month or Class E gave 90.87 percent.
He said that this is an impressive result knowing that the mayor is still serving in his first year in office.
“That still remains to be seen in the next survey cycle because it is already very impressive,” he said.
The IPO conducted a survey using the one to ten scale where 10 is the highest, regarding the people’s awareness and access to the local government’s services based on the State of the City Address last Sept. 12. The IPO waited for a month to pass before conducting the survey.
“The items that are included in the survey are basically the items that were mentioned during the State of the City Address (SOCA) by Mayor Sara Duterte-Carpio and we asked the Dabawenyos on how aware and how they are able to access those services in a scale of one to ten,” said Johnvianne Murcia of the UM Institute of Popular Opinion.
The over-all assessment in terms of awareness is moderately accessible which means there are projects conducted by the city that are highly accessible and some are not that accessible. These programs referred to those implemented by the City Social Services and Development Office and City Health Office.
The result showed that the City Government’s lingap sa mahirap program is the most popular project with a very high awareness with 8.6 rate though it’s accessibility tend to be lower at 6.9 rate but still considered as high accessibility. The second most popular is the animal bite treatment with 7.4 awareness rate and a moderate degree of accessibility of 6.07 rate. The third most popular program is the STI/HIV-Aids awareness with 7.3 rate in awareness and 5.77 accessibility rate.
Among the least popular projects includes the Taxi App which only had 2.9 awareness rate and 2.24 accessibility rate this is expected because this project is still in the initiation stage between the taxi operators and a firms tasked to facilitate the development of the application.
The Kian Gabriel Hotline seemed not to take roots in the consciousness of the public with only 3.4 awareness rate and 2.81 accessibility rate. Perhaps this is due to the duplication of the services with that of a private organization’s hotline to report child abuse.
The Toril Flyover project is also one of the least known projects with only 3.5 awareness rate and 2.61 accessibility rate.
“We saw (in the result of the survey) that if the people are more aware it would likely lead to accessibility because there are items that the people are already aware and they are most likely to avail it,” said Murcia.
With those results, the IPO were able to extract suggestions that would help the government in addressing the implementation of the projects.
In conclusion, the IPO suggested that the government should give more attention to the far flung barangay in terms of information, budget and continuation of started projects.
It added the government should improve the traffic situation through road widening and coastal road and rationalization of space of the street vendor.
Other concerns mentioned included the computerization of the government system and the easy to comply with the requirements for scholarships.
It added: “Mention is also made of support to senior citizens, subsidy to small farmers, improvement of the drainage, reliable water supply and putting up of water supply in Marilog, support the health centers through provision of equipment, support to micro enterprise and more livelihood trainings for the unemployed and non-working mothers and lastly concern for the street dwellers like beggars and street children.