65% OF METRO RESIDENTS DON’T BELIEVE VAT REVENUES GO TO SOCIAL SERVICES

While Pres. Arroyo stood firm in her State of the Nation Address against abolishing the value-added tax (VAT) because it will sacrifice funds for social programs, majority of Metro Manila residents believe that revenues from VAT do not go to social services.


According to the special survey conducted by IBON Foundation, 65% of National Capital Region (NCR) residents do not believe that the revenues from VAT are being spent for social services and other needs of people. Meanwhile, 27% said they believe the revenues are going to social services while 7.8% answered don’t know.

Various people’s groups and lawmakers, including the Catholic Bishops’ Conference of the Philippines, have been demanding for the removal of the regressive VAT.

Below is the tabulation of results of people’s perception on the value-added tax and social services.

Do you believe that VAT revenues are going to social services spending and other needs of the people?

Yes

102

27.49

No

240

64.69


Don’t Know

29

7.82


Total

371

100.00


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8 OUT OF 10 METRO MANILANS BELIEVE ARROYO WON’T DELIVER ON SONA PROMISES

As Pres. Gloria Arroyo prepares for the State of the Nation Address (SONA) on Monday, latest survey results show that majority of Metro Manila residents believe she will not carry out the promises she will make in her SONA speech.

According to the July 2008 results of the IBON survey, 83.3% of residents in the National Capital Region believe that the government will not deliver on the commitments that Pres. Arroyo will make in her SONA. Only 5.9% said yes.

The special survey was done across NCR on July 12-13 among 371 respondents. It has a margin of error of plus or minus three percent.

Below is the tabulation of results of the respondents’ perception on Pres. Arroyo’s upcoming SONA.

Do you believe that the government will deliver on the commitments PGMA will deliver in her SONA?

Yes

22

5.93

No

311

83.83

Don’t Know

37

9.97

No answer

1

0.27

TOTAL

371

100.00