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8 out of 10 Filipinos approve of the government’s pandemic response.

MANILA, Philippines — According to a recent non-commissioned study by OCTA Research, Filipinos countrywide gave the national pandemic response a high approval rating of 88 percent in the National Capital Region (NCR), 79 percent in Luzon, 92 percent in the Visayas, and 80 percent in Mindanao.

“Eight out of ten Filipinos approve of the government’s response to the Covid-19 pandemic,” says the report. President Rodrigo Roa Duterte, the Inter-Agency Task Force for the Management of Emerging Infectious Diseases (IATF), and the National Task Force (NTF) have always led the fight against Covid-19, according to Health Secretary Francisco Duque III.

Brackets A, B, and C awarded the pandemic response an approval rating of 82 percent among the various socioeconomic strata. Lower-middle-class bracket D gave 85 percent, and marginalized population bracket E gave 68 percent.

Overall, the entire government and society’s response to the epidemic received an 83 percent positive rating, which is above average.

Filipinos also gave a 91 percent positive grade to their readiness to get vaccinated. In the same category, NCR respondents provided a positive assessment of 94 percent, Luzon 90 percent, Visayas 83 percent, and Mindanao 93 percent.

The Department of Health, through several efforts such as BIDA Solusyon, RESBAKUNA rollouts, and Bayanihan Bakunahan days, to name a few, tried to protect Filipinos throughout the pandemic, especially during the peak of Covid-19 infections in January.

The national government’s ongoing efforts, as well as strong collaboration with various medical institutions, frontline healthcare workers, local government units, the commercial sector, and development partners, as well as partner organizations and stakeholders, made this possible.

Aside from providing Covid-19 vaccines, the Universal Health Care Act allows for other preventative measures such as vaccination against vaccine-preventable diseases (VPDs), which will help the country’s healthcare system take a more holistic approach and improve the government’s response to the virus.

“Our economy’s safe reopening was made possible not only by a whole-of-government and whole-of-society strategy, but also by the Filipino people’s trust, collaboration, and confidence. No one will be left behind as we go forward towards the New Normal with vaccines as our best defense,” Duque stated.

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