House minority bloc welcomes latest SWS survey; vows to work harder PDF Print E-mail
Tuesday, 09 November 2010 14:09

The Minority Bloc of the House of Representatives welcomes the latest survey result of the Social Weather Station (SWS) citing the Lower Chamber a good net satisfaction rating of +30.

"We are happy to note that the SWS survey states that positive na ngayon ang House of Representatives. Well, you cannot deny that the minority played a major role on the ratings of Congress," said House Deputy Minority Leader and Quezon Rep. Danilo Suarez, in an interview with media on Saturday here.

"No less than the Speaker (Feliciano Belmonte Jr.) enjoyed a positive rating, that's a welcome news," he said.

The 3rd quarter 2010 SWS Survey, conducted from Sept. 24-27, found 57 percent satisfied and 18 percent dissatisfied with Senate President Juan Ponce Enrile; while Speaker Belmonte got 34 percent satisfactory and 25 percent dissatisfactory ratings.

The SWS said Enrile's net satisfaction rating has been at good levels over the past two quarters, at +41 in June and +39 in September.

On the other hand, Belmonte's first net satisfaction rating is a neutral +9.

For comparison, the initial net satisfaction ratings of previous Speakers of the House were: Mitra, a good +33 in February 1990; De Venecia, a good +39 in August 1992 and a moderate +16 in September 2001; Villar, a moderate +22 in September 1998; Fuentebella, a neutral -4 in December 2000; and Nograles, a poor -12 in March 2008, it said.

The September 2010 SWS survey also found there were 49 percent satisfied and 19 percent dissatisfied with the House of Representatives, for a good net satisfaction rating of +30, which is 23 points up from a neutral +7 in the previous quarter.

Suarez noted the House minority bloc played a major role in the image making of Congress, "because kung kami ay naging stamp pad lamang doon (if we just acted as stamp pad), we will not be enjoying that rating. That means the minority is doing their job."

With a positive rating from the SWS survey, Suarez said the minority would be pushing for a considerable number of measures as Congress resumes sessions on Monday (Nov. 8).

Such measures include fiscal measures... potential additional revenues that the government can generate to fund social services of the country, he said.

Suarez said it is also interesting to discuss the so-called "great divide" at the House of Representatives -- warring faction between the administration's Samar group and the Balay group.

"I think this is an interesting issue for the minority -- are we going to be neutral or are we going to take sides. I think we should take sides... doon sa mananalo," he said.

Belmonte earlier attributed the infighting to "democracy at work."

He, however, vowed the bickering would not affect the legislative work of the Lower Chamber.

Belmonte assured that the House will remain independent, saying that the ongoing debates on the proposed P1.654 trillion national budget for 2011, the controversial P21-billion Conditional Cash Transfer (CCT) of the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD), the House’s call for peace adviser Teresita Deles to resign, and other controversial issues would not be influenced by either faction.

Valenzuela City Rep. Rex Gatchalian, spokesman of the 50-strong Nationalist People’s Coalition (NPC), said the party kept a distance from the infighting.

He said the NPC was not aware as to the extent of the Samar-Balay conflict but the party wanted to be kept out of it.

"We do not wish or will not be a party to it (conflict). As a coalition partner in the House, we will keep our focus in supporting administration measures that will benefit the nation and our constituencies," said Gatchalian.