NCR dwellers upbeat over ‘Build, Build, Build’


Independent poll results published by lobby firm PUBLiCUS Asia Inc. show that 87 percent of Filipinos living in key cities in the National Capital Region (NCR) are glad about the infrastructure development in the region.

A majority of the 1,800 respondents, or 56 percent, are also supportive of efforts to fund big projects with the help of foreign funding.

The data also show that 53 percent of Filipinos are wary of getting loans for projects under the flagship “Build, Build, Build” (BBB) program, ostensibly because these can “weaken the economy and might lead to a debt crisis similar to the experience of the country during the time of President Marcos.”

PUBLiCUS Asia’s PAHAYAG NCR poll tapped registered voters from cities Caloocan, Las Piñas, Makati, Malabon, Mandaluyong, Manila, Marikina, Muntinlupa, Navotas, Parañaque, Pasay, Pasig, Pateros, Quezon, San Juan, Taguig and Valenzuela.

The field work was conducted from 16 to 20 November 2018 after political hopefuls have filed their certificates of candidacy for the midterm elections.

Asked about the airport projects under BBB, 85 percent said that they are glad about the plans to make Ninoy Aquino International Airport (NAIA) a fully integrated premier airway.
NAIA was previously tagged as the worst-performing airport in the world, but subsequently moved to 10th among the World’s Most Improved Airports, according to a survey by Skytrax World Airport Awards published earlier in the year.

Aside from this, 77 percent of the voters also agreed on developing another international airport in Bulacan for the benefit of travelers coming from Northern Luzon, with 74 percent agreeing to the construction of an international airport in Cavite for travelers from Southern Luzon.

Of the airports, 71 percent say that Clark International Airport should be the premier airport of the country.

Regarding the state of the nation, 55 percent said they are somewhat dissatisfied with the direction the country is taking, the majority coming from the upper-class segment of society.
Still, 57 percent think the country is getting better, with Class ABC and the age group 18 to 24, at 72 percent and 66 percent, respectively, making up the biggest chunk of the agree portion.

Almost half of the respondents from Class D and E, meanwhile, think that the economic conditions are getting worse.

Among top officials, President Rodrigo Duterte garnered the highest awareness rating at 99 percent, Senate President Vicente Sotto III, House Speaker Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo and Vice President Maria Leonor Robredo got the highest awareness rating in classes D and E.
Duterte also received the highest trust and approval rating from the Class ABC and the 18 to 24 years old age bracket.

More than half of the respondents think that a China-controlled company should not operate as the third telecommunications provider in the country, a sentiment prevalent in the age bracket 55 years old and above.

To add to this, 74 percent think that China should not be allowed to take part in developing the country’s oil and mineral resources, although across the demographics, Class ABC is the most open in giving China a role.

Class ABC also made up majority of the portion agreeing that the country is better off with an independent foreign policy.

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