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HALF of Filipinos or 51% agree to with a pro­posal by the Philip­pine Drug En­force­ment Agency (PDEA) for the gov­ern­ment to con­duct manda­tory drug test­ing on grade 4 stu­dents and up, ac­cord­ing to the lat­est sur­vey by the So­cial Weather Sta­tions (SWS).

The Third Quar­ter 2018 So­cial Weather Sur­vey, fielded on Septem­ber 15-23, found that 51% agree (31% strongly agree, 20% some­what agree), 36% dis­agree (24% strongly dis­agree, 12% some­what dis­agree), and 13% are un­de­cided on PDEA’s pro­posal for manda­tory drug test­ing for stu­dents grade 4 and up.

The non­com­mis­sioned sur­vey found that net agree­ment with PDEA’s pro­posal was high­est in the Visayas “at a very strong +47 (69% agree, 21% dis­agree, cor­rectly rounded), fol­lowed by Min­danao at a mod­er­ately strong +25 (51% agree, 26% dis­agree), Metro Manila at a mod­er­ately strong +17 (53% agree, 36% dis­agree), and Bal­ance Lu­zon at a neu­tral -6 (42% agree, 48% dis­agree).”

Sought for com­ment dur­ing a press brief­ing at the Palace on Thurs­day, Pres­i­den­tial Spokesper­son Sal­vador S. Panelo said: “I think that’s a good idea be­cause at least the par­ents will know whether or not their chil­dren are ad­dicted or be­ing used in the drug in­dus­try.”

For his part, PDEA Direc­tor Gen­eral Aaron N. Aquino said in a state­ment that his agency is “thank­ful that based on the SWS sur­vey, ma­jor­ity of the Filipinos are agree­ing with [them] in push­ing for this pro­gram.”

The same sur­vey found net sat­is­fac­tion rat­ing on Pres­i­dent Ro­drigo R. Duterte’s war on il­le­gal drugs re­main­ing a “very good”+64 (76% sat­is­fied, 12% dis­sat­is­fied), 1 point be­low the “very good” +65 (78% sat­is­fied, 13% dis­sat­is­fied) in the pre­vi­ous quar­ter.

The SWS noted that “sat­is­fac­tion with the ad­min­is­tra­tion’s cam­paign against il­le­gal drugs was at an ex­cel­lent +76 when it was first sur­veyed in Septem­ber 2016.” The sur­vey said the 1-point de­crease in na­tion­wide net sat­is­fac­tion “was be­cause of the de­creases in sup­port both in Min­danao and Metro Manila.”

De­spite the 14-point de­crease in Min­danao, net sat­is­fac­tion with the anti-il­le­gal drug cam­paign there re­mains “ex­cel­lent,” from “+84 (89% sat­is­fied, 5% dis­sat­is­fied) in June 2018 to +70 (78% sat­is­fied, 8% dis­sat­is­fied) in Septem­ber.” Net sat­is­fac­tion with the cam­paign re­mains “very good” in Metro Manila de­spite the 12-point de­crease “from +67 (79% sat­is­fied, 12% dis­sat­is­fied) in June to +55 (72% sat­is­fied, 17% dis­sat­is­fied) in Septem­ber,” which the SWS said is the “low­est” net sat­is­fac­tion rat­ing recorded in the area since the ques­tion was first fielded in 2016.

In Bal­ance Lu­zon, net sat­is­fac­tion with the cam­paign stays “very good,” and is “up by 8 points from +58 (74% sat­is­fied, 16% dis­sat­is­fied) in June to +66 (78% sat­is­fied, 12% dis­sat­is­fied) in Septem­ber.”

It also stays “very good” in the Visayas, which is “up by 1 point from +57 (74% sat­is­fied, 16% dis­sat­is­fied, cor­rectly rounded) in June to +58 (73% sat­is­fied, 15% dis­sat­is­fied) in Septem­ber.”

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