FILIPINOS HIGHLY APPROVE OF GOVT’S PANDEMIC RESPONSE

Press Release | 29 April 2022

Filipinos nationwide gave the national pandemic response a high approval rating of 88% in the National Capital Region (NCR), 79% from Luzon, 92% from Visayas, and 80% from Mindanao, based on a recent non-commissioned survey by OCTA Research Philippines.

"Eight out of ten Filipinos approve of the government’s response to the COVID-19 pandemic. This response has always been through the leadership of President Rodrigo Roa Duterte together with the Inter-Agency Task Force for the Management of Emerging Infectious Diseases (IATF) and the National Task Force (NTF) against COVID-19,” said Health Secretary Francisco T. Duque III.

Among the different socio-economic classes, brackets A, B, and C gave the pandemic response an approval rating of 82%. Bracket D - lower-middle class gave 85%, and Bracket E - our marginalized population gave 68%. Overall, the whole-of-government and whole-of-society approach against the pandemic garnered an 83% positive response - an above average rating.

A 91% positive rating on the willingness to get vaccinated among Filipinos was also recorded. NCR respondents gave a positive rating of 94%, Luzon with 90%, Visayas with 83%, and Mindanao with 93% in the same category.

The DOH, through its different campaigns such as the BIDA Solusyon initiatives, RESBAKUNA rollouts, and Bayanihan Bakunahan days - to name a few, aimed to provide protection to the Filipino people throughout  the pandemic including the height of COVID-19 cases in January. This was made possible through the continuous efforts brought by the national government, along with close coordination with different medical institutions, frontline healthcare workers, local government units, the private sector and development partners, as well as partner organizations and stakeholders.

Further, the Department continuously reminds the public to strictly follow minimum public health standards to maintain the country’s minimal to low risk classification with regard to the COVID-19 situation. Aside from providing COVID-19 vaccines, other precautionary measures such as vaccination against vaccine-preventable diseases (VPDs) are made possible through the Universal Health Care Act, which will aid in giving a more holistic approach to the healthcare system in the country and improve the government’s response against the virus.

“The safe reopening of our economy was made possible not only by the whole-of-government and whole-of-society approach but also through the trust, cooperation and confidence of the Filipino people. With vaccines as our best defense in this pandemic, no one will get left behind as we move forward towards the New Normal,” said Health Secretary Francisco T. Duque III.

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