Singapore-based think tank ASEAN Studies Center last week released survey results, which revealed that the Philippines’ response to the Covid19 pandemic received the highest disapproval rating among the body’s member states.
Among the 10 ASEAN member states, the country’s disapproval rating was the highest, followed by Indonesia at 50.4% and Thailand at 34.7%.
Inversely, the Philippines’ approval rating was the second lowest after Indonesia, with 24.1%.
“The State of Southeast Asia 2021 survey report” showed that Filipinos gave the government a pandemic response disapproval rating of 56.7%, where 35.8% disapprove and 17.9% strongly disapprove.
Approval ratings, on the other hand, turned out very low, with 25.4%, where 19.4% approve and 6% strongly approve.
The remaining 20.9% were neutral.
Vietnam’s, Brunei’s and Singapore’s governments were among those with the highest approval ratings at 96.6%, 93.9% and 92.4% respectively.
The survey also asked respondents who disapproved of their country’s Covid19 response to choose up to two initiatives that they feel their governments can adopt to improve their pandemic response.
Filipinos said that the scientific and medical community should be encouraged to contribute to public policy (72.2%) and that government should invest in early warning systems for pandemic outbreak (58.3%).
These were followed by options such as offering better financial relief and subsidies to affected citizens (33.3%), ensuring that politicians and public servants adhere to health protocols (30.6%) and enforcing public health measures such as mask-wearing and social distancing (5.6%).