SURVEY SHOWS MOST FILIPINOS NOT AWARE OF JPEPA

While the Senate continues to conduct hearings on the Japan-Philippines Economic Partnership Agreement

(JPEPA) as part of the ratification process, results of IBON’s latest nationwide survey show that the public awareness of the pact is very low, despite being signed last year.

However, those who were aware of the JPEPA believe that the Senate should not ratify the controversial free trade pact.

Out of the 36.8% of respondents who were aware of the JPEPA, 73.7% said they were aware that the agreement is currently before the Senate for ratification. Of these, 55.7% said they were not in favor of the ratification of the JPEPA.

The IBON October 2007 survey was conducted across various sectors nationwide from October 1 to 9 and has a margin of error of plus or minus three percent.

On the JPEPA

Do you know that there is an agreement between the governments of Japan and the Philippines called the Japan-Philippines Economic Partnership Agreement or JPEPA that intends to liberalize trade, service and investment?

October 2007

Frequency

Percentage

Yes

551

36.78

No

944

63.02

No answer

3

0.20

Total

1,498

100.00

Do you know that the JPEPA is now for ratification at the Senate?

October 2007

Frequency

Percentage

Yes

406

73.68

No

143

25.95

No answer

2

0.36

Total

551

100.00

Are you in favor of the ratification of JPEPA?

October 2007

Frequency

Percentage

Yes

153

37.68

No

226

55.67

Don’t know

23

5.67

No answer

4

0.99

Total

406

100.00

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