Latest Pulse Asia survey on Aquino assisted

The slight decline of President Benigno Aquino III’s approval and trust ratings has drawn varied reactions from some members of the lower and upper houses of Congress.

While some comments appeared strange and startling, the rest were candid and sympathetic to PNoy whose honesty and love of country is beyond question.

If we were to believe Civac party-list member Sherwin Tugma, who is assistant House majority floor leader, the drop in President Aquino’s ratings is normal and to be expected.

Tugma has likened the decline in ratings to a marriage after the so-called honeymoon period, so to speak, when married couples shed their inhibitions and become more familiar and more open with each other.

Many were asking what went wrong after July 2010 when survey respondents rated Mr. Aquino as senator who was already then proclaimed President with an overall approval rating of 88 percent and an overall trust rating of 85 percent.

But on the latest survey, Aquino’s approval rating declined nine percentage points to 79 percent, while his trust ratings dropped 5 percentage points to 80 percent.

Isabela Rep. Giorgidi Aggavao found as surprising was the ability of Mr. Aquino to maintain his ratings relatively high even after yellow euphoria has started to wear off.

Rep. Roilo Golez of Parañaque was among those who said the drop is not significant and within the normal up and down fluctuations. They believe the real score shall be known in the next survey before the year ends.

What the President would probably want to hear also is the honest assessment of Sen. Edgardo Angara who said the latest Pulse Asia survey that showed 80 percent of Filipinos still trust the President should be maintained.

He said the big approval ratings given the President by all regions in the country is a good capital of the President which he should utilize and husband because confidence is very perishable commodity.

The senator from Aurora-Quezon is absolutely correct because nothing is more useless and more inconsistent than the people. They may trust you now but there is no guarantee that they would still trust you the next day.

Instead of aspiring to be popular, the President should aspire for achievements because it’s more permanent than popularity. Besides it would leave lasting legacy to his people.


We could hardly believe it, but it is true. More and more families in the United States, purportedly the richest and most powerful nation in the world, are going hungry, Reuters has recently reported.

The thought-provoking report said, the number of US households that reported getting emergency food which we called dole-outs here in the Philippines from a food pantry almost doubled between 2007 and 2009, at the height of the recession.

The US Department of Agriculture said the number of households jumped to 5.6 from 3.9 million.

”Households also accessed additional assistance through USDA’s 15 food and nutrition assistance programs,” the article in the USDA Economic Research Service (ERS) “Amber Waves” said.

The USDA overseas government’s food stamp program, also known as SNAP or the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program, (we call it here conditional cash transfer (CCT) program) for low-income families and other domestic feeding programs like school lunches.

In the 2009 fiscal year, “15.2 million households participated in SNAP in an average month, up from 12.7 million in FY 2008,” the article said.

In a separate report, the ERS said the percentage of US households without food security – access to enough food for an active, healthy life – at some point during the year hit a record in 2009.

It is said more than 50 million people, including at least 17 million children, lived in households uncertain of having or getting enough food at some point because of insufficient money or other material resources.

So what are we Filipinos complaining about going hungry and giving dole-outs to the poorest of the poor? Just asking! Cornelio de Guzman


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