Tuesday, December 7, 2010

Pnoy's approval ratings dip to 79% while prices of commodities rise up

While President Noy gets a 79% approval ratings, the National Food Authority just hiked the price of its commercial rice to 2 pesos more. People will now buy their rice at 29 or 30 pesos per kilo. 


A tank of LPG now cost 33 pesos per kilo while gasoline and diesel prices are again, expected to rise


So, now, i'll be 300 pesos or actually 900 pesos per month for a family of five in Metro Manila. If you're being paid a measly 300 pesos per day or 9,000 per month less taxes (takehome would probably be 7,000), that will only give you 6,000 pesos more to spend.


Meralco nowadays gets at least 1,000 pesos for your electricity, so that means, just 5,000 pesos. Opps, you need to pay water, so that will set you back, at least 300 pesos. Monthly rental of a house nowadays range between 6-7,000. Let's presume its just 3,000. Then you need to pay those jeepney or bus fares. What's left?


Nothing, quite frankly.


Obviously, Noy's official family does not know or does not want to know the real situation of Filipinos living in the National Capital Region (NCR). That 79% rating, for them, is salutory and satisfactory enough. 


That means that the middle class is happy and moreso, the elites who continue to rake in those astronomical profits from an oppressed citizenry.


Hope remains a-flutter so to speak, since this administration has just made its sixth month in office. Six months to go.


This rating will, obviously, prop up those in the Cabinet. First time they say that a Philippine president gets this high a ratings. That shows the effectiveness of the government's programs. 


Well, not exactly.


It just shows that Noy, alone, can spur hope, but not his cabinet members. There are still a high number of people distrustful of his cabinet. 


Governments, I believe, are rated based on their performance. IN our case, survey firms rate how we trust them, not on how we believe their performances are. It is totally different if someone asks you if you trust your government officials, different if you ask them how you think they fare in the accomplishment department.


Different still if you're asked if you approve of someone's performance. What do you know of government functions, except of course if you're applying for an NSO or a passport or a driver's license. 


Why not directly ask people how they rate the government's performance and how government policies impact on the lives of the people? That would probably show us a different picture altogether.