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BOHOL POLL 2010:
UNCOVERING THE VOICE OF THE MANY

Economic Issues

Majority (57%) of the Boholano household heads considered themselves poor while very few (3%) considered themselves not poor. Among poor families in Bohol, they needed P 10,000.00 per month so that they can surpass poverty and this was also true among not poor families. The amount of P 15,000.00 monthly was needed by families in Tagbilaran City so that they will not be considered poor.

Boholano voters were asked for the quality of their life at present vis a vis 12 months ago. Close to half (45%) were considered losers which means that they find their present life worse than 12 months ago which resulted to a - 25 net gainer (gainers - losers) for Bohol. Across districts, District 3 had the lowest net gainer at -34 contrary to District 1 at -18. Across age groups, only the youngest age group (18-24) posted a positive net gainer of 5 while the rest of the age groups had negative net gainers (more losers than gainers). If the Boholano voters were to describe the quality of their life 12 months from now, an equal percentage said it will become better (optimists) at 26% and it will worsen (pessimist) at 25% which resulted to a net optimist of + 1. Across variables, District 3, rural areas, Class D, females and 45 and above age group posted negative net optimists. This indicates that they are more pessimistic about what the next 12 months will bring them.

Adult unemployment rate in the Province is 11%. This includes those who are not working but are looking for work. The primary work or source of livelihood of the Boholano voters is farming at 40%. Few (14%) are construction workers/ carpenters. Two thirds (64%)of the Boholano voters were satisfied with their primary work or source of livelihood while a slight plurality (32%) said otherwise. Across districts, District 2 had the least net satisfaction rating (satisfied minus dissatisfied) at +12 vis a vis District 1 (+48) and District 3 (+38).

Boholano voters' significant problem in their locality was economic in nature (61%) which included unemployment (28%), financial (17%) and high cost and scarcity of food (14).

Political Issues

Tagbilaranon voters gave the City Government relatively high net satisfaction rating (satisfied minus dissatisfied) on the efforts to ensure adequate drinking water at + 62. This was followed by protecting life and property (+37), protecting the environment (+33), promoting investments (+30), managing traffic (+24), providing livelihood/ employment (+12) and reducing graft and corruption (-20).

For the Provincial Government, the Boholano voters rated it highest in promoting tourism at +49 net satisfaction rating. This was followed by protecting the environment (+46), protecting life and property (+42), promoting investments (+24), providing support for the promotion of agriculture (+21), providing for livelihood opportunities and employment (+17), ensuring adequate food supply (+16) and reducing graft and corruption (-24).

Three out of ten (29%) Boholano voters had visited government offices in Bohol in the past 6 months. From among the offices visited, they were most satisfied with the services of BIR in Trinidad (4%), Treasurer's Office in San Isidro (4%), DepEd Office in Tagbilaran (4%), LTO in Tagbilaran (3%), Treasurer's Office in Buenavista (2%), Treasurer's Office in San Miguel (2%), BIR in Panglao (2%) and Engineer's Office in Albur (32%).

Close to half (48%) of the Boholano voters said that most of the government employees in Bohol are competent and one third (23) said some of them are competent. In terms of the speed in service delivery, a plurality (28%) said most of them are quick while one third (35%) said some of them are quick; however two of out ten (23%) said that few of them are quick in service delivery. A plurality (28%) of the Boholano voters said that most of the government employees are wasting official time, a quarter (25%) said some of them, a few (16%) said few of them while a few (15%) further said that none of them are wasting official time. As far as arrogance is concerned, two out of ten (22%) Boholano voters considered most of the government employees to be arrogant, a quarter (26%) said some of them, a plurality (22%) said few of them while few (15%) said none of them are arrogant.

An overwhelming majority (92%) of the Boholano voters agreed to the statement that "it is not necessary to give bribe or grease money to government employees since it is their responsibility to provide good services to the people" while few (7%) agreed to the statement " it is okay to give bribe money or grease money to government employees in order to be assured of quick and fast service."

The net satisfaction rating of Pres. Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo in Bohol dipped to -8 from +3 of last year's survey. Across districts, only District 3 gave a positive net satisfaction rating of +5 as against - 20 and -8 for Districts 1 and 2 respectively. Vice-Pres. Noli de Castro's net satisfaction rating for Bohol likewise declined from +44 of last year to + 24 this year. Tagbilaran City voters gave de Castro a -13 net satisfaction rating. Gov. Erico Aumentado's net satisfaction rating went one point higher at +75. Across districts, Aumentado got the highest net satisfaction rating of +86 District 2 as against the +67 of District1 and + 73 of District 3. As for Vice-Gov. Julius Caesar Herrera, his net satisfaction rating went up to +59 this year from +51 last year. Herrera had relatively low net satisfaction rating in Tagbilaran City at +31.

Social Issues

Half (56%)of the Boholano voters did not consider illegal drugs to be a problem in their locality. A quarter (28%) said it was not serious, few (11%) said it was somewhat serious while very few ((4%) said it was very serious. Few (6%) of the Boholano voters were aware of persons selling illegal drugs.

Identical to last year's survey result, wife battering has the highest incidence in the Province at 31%. Two out of ten (20%) Boholano voters had heard of rape of children by a family member while few had heard of incidence of physical violence (17%) and husband battering (13%) in their locality. Two thirds (66%) of the Boholano voters agreed to the statement that "women are good only for the management and care of the family and other church activities" as against the one third (33%) who agreed that "it is more fitting for women to actively participate in political and other affairs which are headed by men.

An overwhelming majority (96%) of the Boholano voters agreed to the statement that "they have not seen any armed men or rebels in our place" while the rest (4%) agreed that " the presence of armed men or rebels in our place is again felt by us.

Voters' Preferences

Presidential Race. In Bohol, Aquino led in the presidential race at 44% followed by Villar at 24%. Lagging far behind were Teodoro (6%) and Estrada (2%). Don't know responses and refusals were still high at 23%. Aquino got relatively high votes from the 18-24 age group at 60%.

Vice-presidential Race . Roxas led the vice-presidential at 43% followed by Legarda at 19% and Manzano at 3%. Don't know responses and refusals were high at 23%. Roxas got relatively high votes in the urban areas and most popular in terms of votes from the 18-24 and 25-34 age groups at 52% and 53% respectively. Legarda, across age groups, got relatively high votes from the youngest age group (27%) but least votes from the oldest age group (16%).

Congressional Race . Relampagos led the First District congressional race at 51% followed by Glovaza at 22% and Kapirig at 9%. Don't know responses and refusals were high at 19%. Majority (56%)of Relampagos' voters came from Balance District 1 as against the 30% of Tagbilaran voters.

Aumentado led the Second District congressional race at 55% followed by Cajes at 15%. Don't know responses and refusals were still high at 23%.

Gubernatorial Race . Chatto led the race at 40%. Herrera and Montano tied for second place at 22% and 17% respectively. Don't know responses and refusals were high at 22%. Across districts, Chatto had relatively low votes in Districts 2 and 3 at 27% and 36% respectively as against the 56% of District 1. Chatto got high votes from the 18-24 age group.

Vice-gubernatorial Race . There was a close fight between Abapo and Jala for vice-governor in Bohol. Given a margin of error of +/- 5, there was a tie between Abapo and Jala. Following them was Lim at 13%. Don't know responses and refusals were very high at 36%. Close to half (46%) of Jala's voters came from District 3 while Abapo had very low votes from the said district. Similarly, Abapo got relatively high votes from District 2 at 37% while only few voted for Jala in the said district at 9%.

Race for Board Members . In the first district, there was a tie between Lopez (63%) and Damalerio (45%) for the first place. For second place, a tie between Damalerio (45%) and Bantugan (33%). For third place, a quadruple tie among Bantugan (33%), Barbarona (27%), Arcamo (22%) and Monton (15%). Don't know responses and refusals were high at 20%.

In the second district, Jumamoy solely occupied the first place. There was a very close fight for second place among Macuno (25%), Camacho (24%), Boyles (20%), G. Garcia (21%), Cepedoza (17%), W. Garcia (10%) and Bentulan (7%). Don't know responses and refusals were very high at 31%.

For the third district, there was a triple tie among Tirol, Balite and Molina for the first place at 51%, 50% and 47% respectively. For the last spot, a close fight among Trabajo (26%), Lloren (17%), Piollo (16%), Garcia (16%), Enerio (8%) and Casingcasing (8%). Don't know responses and refusals were high at 23%.

City Mayoralty Race . Lim took a great lead in the mayoralty race at 70% against the 17% of Veloso. Don't know responses and refusals were at 13%. Lim got relatively low votes from Class ABC as against the 79% of Class E. A great majority (81%)of the Tagbilaran voters from the 25-34 age group voted for Lim.

City Vice-mayoralty Race . Montes had a great lead in the vice-mayoralty race at 68% as against the 15% votes of Glorivic de la Serna and 3% votes of Rosalina de la Serna. Don't know responses and refusals were at 14%.



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