Performance, not popularity is PGMA’s yardstick

July 15, 2009 9:15 am 

MANILA, July 15 — Performance, rather than popularity, is what is more important to President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo, according to Presidential Spokesperson on Economic Matters Gary Olivar.

In a press briefing on Wednesday in Malacanang, Olivar said the Social Weather Station (SWS) survey showing a dip in the popularity rating of President Arroyo “is not news anymore.”

“No popularity ratings are news (to the Palace) anymore,” Olivar said adding that President Arroyo’s performance while in office will speak for itself.

He said the President’s accomplishments in various fronts will be detailed in her last State of the Nation Address on July 27.

It will summarize substantively all the achievements under her watch and how these accomplishments have brought her closer to her vision for the country, Olivar said.

Though the new second quarter 2009 SWS survey covering June 19-22, found 26 percent satisfaction and 56 percent dissatisfaction for the President’s performance, the SWS noted that her overall satisfaction rating “has remained stable due to lessened dissatisfaction in Mindanao and the Visayas, which, however was offset by increased dissatisfaction in Luzon.”

The SWS said the President’s net satisfaction became “less negative in Mindanao at minus 21 and in the Visayas at minus 28 but intensified in Luzon at minus 32 and in Metro Manila at minus 46 percent.” (PNA)

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