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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9 OUT OF 10 METRO RESIDENTS WANT OIL VAT SCRAPPED

In spite of aggressive government efforts to justify the 12% value added tax (VAT) on oil, almost nine out of 10 Metro Manila residents still feel that the said tax must be scrapped.

In a metro-wide survey conducted by IBON Foundation on July 12-13, 87.33% of respondents agree with the proposals to scrap the VAT on petroleum products.

President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo is expected to highlight the supposed benefits of the people from government’s growing collections from the VAT in her State of the Nation Address (SONA) on Monday.

Various groups have been calling for the cancellation of the VAT on oil in the face of escalating pump prices with several legislative proposals implementing the said measure currently pending in the House of Representatives and the Senate.

The Catholic Bishops Conference of the Philippines (CBCP) has also called for at least a review of the oil VAT. Estimates show that at current price levels, removing the controversial tax can reduce pump prices by more than P7 per liter.

IBON’s special survey was conducted across NCR and has a margin of error of plus of minus three percent.

Below is the tabulation of results of the respondents’ perception on the removal of the  value-added tax on petroleum products.

Do you agree with the proposals to remove the VAT on petroleum products?
Yes 324 87.33
No 31 8.36
Don’t Know 16 4.31
371 100.00

ONE IN FIVE WORKERS DOES NOT EARN ENOUGH, SEEKS MORE WORK


Data from the April 2008 Labor Force Survey (LFS) shows that one in five employed workers reported that they were seeking more work because they were not earning enough for their and their families’ needs, according to research group IBON Foundation.

The April LFS showed that the underemployment rate, or the percentage of employed workers who said they were looking for more work, grew to 6.6 million workers during the survey period, from 6.4 million in the same period last year. More significantly, the growth was in those considered ‘invisibly’ underemployed, or those who already worked 40 hours or more a week.

This means that many wage and salary workers employed in the formal sector do not earn enough for their needs. These figures could even be understated, according to IBON, since only those surveyed who reported that they were seeking more work were classified as “underemployed”.

An earlier IBON study had shown that even after a recent round of wage hikes, adjusted daily minimum wages were still not enough to cover the basic cost of living. In its April survey, IBON reported that 71% of Filipinos was not earning enough to meet their families’ basic needs.

The government survey reflects the country’s employment situation where unemployment is in an all-time high and jobs are low-paying and low in quality that workers continue to seek more work. Amid rising prices, the country’s employment situation remains the greatest challenge for the Arroyo administration.

LIVELIHOOD WORSE TODAY, SAYS MOST FILIPINOS

More Filipinos feel that their livelihood worsened compared to the previous quarter, according to the latest results of the nationwide survey conducted by research group IBON Foundation.

The April 2008 nationwide survey shows that the number of Filipinos who said that their livelihood worsened grew significantly from 46.3% in January 2008 to 64.3% in April. Those who answered that their livelihood got better fell from 6.1% in January to 4.4% in the latest survey.

Asked if their family’s income is enough for their needs, 71% of the respondents said that it is not enough, an increase of almost 10 percentage points from January 2008.

The latest IBON survey was conducted across various sectors nationwide with 1,495 respondents from April 7 to 16. The survey used multi-stage probability sampling and has a margin of error of plus or minus three percent.

Below is the tabulation of results of respondents’ perception of their livelihood and income.

How is your livelihood today compared to a year ago?

January 2008 April 2008
Frequency Percentage Frequency Percentage
Better 92 6.12 66 4.41
Same 686 45.64 449 30.03
Worse 696 46.31 962 64.35
Don’t know 21 1.40 14 0.94
No answer 8 0.53 4 0.27
Total 1,503 100.00 1,495 100.00

Is your family’s income enough for its needs?

January 2008 April 2008
Frequency Percentage Frequency Percentage
More than enough 13 0.86 25 1.67
Enough 543 36.13 380 25.42
Not Enough 928 61.74 1,069 71.51
Don’t know 13 0.86 19 1.27
No answer 6 0.40 2 0.13
Total 1,503 100.00 1,495 100.00

INCREASING NUMBER OF FILIPINOS SEE THEMSELVES POOR

The number of Filipinos who see themselves as poor increased in the first four months of the year, according to the results of the latest IBON nationwide survey.

The IBON April 2008 survey showed that 79.3% of 1,495 respondents thought of themselves as poor, an increase from 71.7% in January 2008.

The latest IBON survey was conducted across various sectors nationwide from April 7 to 16, 2008 using a multi-stage probability sampling scheme with a margin of error of plus or minus three percent.

Below is the tabulation of results of the respondents’ self-rated poverty

When you look at your situation today, do you think of yourself as poor?

January 2008 April 2008
Frequency Percentage Frequency Percentage
Yes 1,077 71.66 1,186 79.33
No 269 17.90 236 15.79
Don’t Know 141 9.38 68 4.55
No answer 16 1.06 5 0.33
Total 1,503 100.00 1,495 100.00

The full results of the IBON April 2008 Survey may be viewed at www.ibon.org .

SIX OUT OF TEN FILIPINOS WANT OIL DEREGULATION LAW REPEALED

IBON SURVEY

In the wake of weekly oil price hikes and skyrocketing pump prices, six out of ten Filipinos said they favored the repeal of the Oil Deregulation Law, according to the latest survey conducted by independent think-tank IBON Foundation.

Results of the April 2008 IBON survey showed that 58.6% of respondents said they agree with proposals to restore government regulation of the local oil industry and repeal the Oil Deregulation Act (RA 8479). The law, which was implemented in 1998, removed government control over the downstream oil industry.

The IBON nationwide survey was conducted nationwide from April 7 to 16, 2008 with 1,495 respondents from various sectors, using a multi-stage probability sampling scheme with a margin of error of plus or minus three percent.

Below is the tabulation of results of the respondents’ perception on returning government regulation on the oil industry.

Do you agree with the proposals to return government regulation on the oil industry and to repeal the Oil Deregulation Law?

January 2008 April 2008
Frequency Percentage Frequency Percentage
Yes 891 59.28 876 58.60
No 383 25.48 369 24.68
Don’t Know 218 14.50 235 15.72
No answer 11 0.73 15 1.00
Total 1,503 100.00 1,495 100.00

IBON Survey / February 14, 2008

IBON Survey / February 14, 2008
For reference: Ms Rosario Bella Guzman (IBON executive editor)


IBON SURVEY
MOST FILIPINOS WANT ARROYO TO STEP DOWN DUE TO CORRUPTION CHARGES

Recent corruption scandals besetting the Arroyo administration have led most Filipinos to call for President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo to step down, according to the results of the latest IBON survey.

Asked if they were aware of calls made recently by members of the Church and other sectoral groups for Pres. Arroyo to resign from office and face corruption charges leveled against her, 75% of the total 1,503 survey respondents said yes.

Of these, 77.4% said they agreed with such call to step down.

Various interfaith and sectoral groups such as Solidarity Philippines, Concerned Citizens Group, United Church of Christ in the Philippines, among others, have called for a rejection of what they called as Pres. Arroyo’s morally bankrupt government.

The IBON nationwide survey was conducted from January 7 to 14, 2008, with 1,503 respondents. It has a margin of error of plus or minus three percent. (end)

 

Below is the tabulation of results of the respondents’ perception of the Church and sectoral groups’ call for Pres. Arroyo to step down due to corruption allegations against her administration.

Are you aware that in recent months, bishops and other sectoral organizations have demanded that PGMA resign from office and face the corruption allegations leveled against her?

Yes

      75.38

No

      24.02

No answer

        0.60

                                                                                        

Do you agree with the calls of bishops and other groups for President Arroyo to step down because of widespread corruption under her regime?                                                                                         

Yes

      77.41

No

      12.89

Dont Know

        8.83

No answer

        0.88