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Solon seeks inquiry of scope and extent of surveys

conducted by SWS, Pulse Asia
A member of the House independent minority bloc has sought an inquiry into the need for
full disclosure of the scope and extent of surveys, and other practices by the Social Weather Stations
(SWS), Pulse Asia and other survey firms
!ep "onathan #ela $ru% (Party&list, A'A(A#A) sought the inquiry through House
!esolution )**, saying in the pursuit of the ob+ectives of the SWS, Pulse Asia and other survey firms,
no particular scope and extent, and standard of functions have been established by these firms
relative to the surveys they conduct
,-n the pursuit of these ob+ectives, no particular scope and extent, and standard of functions
have been established for the purpose of determining the metes and bounds of surveys conducted by
these firms,. said #ela $ru%, as he called on the committee on public information chaired by !ep
"orge Almonte (/
st
#istrict, 0isamis 1ccidental) to conduct the inquiry
#ela $ru% sought the inquiry as he cited that in the 2*/3 fourth quarter SWS survey,
questions 4ere raised about the survey results, 4hich stated the satisfaction rating of President
Aquino remained essentially unchanged since the previous survey 0alaca5ang said the survey
disproved claims by administration critics that the President 4as becoming unpopular to the people
especially in areas ravaged by calamities
,6he said survey results 4ere soundly critici%ed by some quarters specially by affected
citi%ens in these calamity areas,. said #ela $ru%
6he la4ma7er said the survey firms regularly conduct scientific social surveys for the sa7e of
,education, conscienti%ation and analysis,. and their stated vision is to set standards of excellence in
the practice of ,Statistics for Advocacy. 4ithin a democratic context
,6hey use a socially&oriented agenda, ma7ing practical technical innovations, communicating
findings to the general public, and teaching the technology to other institutions,. said #ela $ru%
He said the publicly&advised basic functions of these surveys, include among others, social
analysis and research, 4ith stress on social indicators and the development of ne4 data sources8
design and implementation of social, economic and political surveys, including public opinion polls8
and the dissemination of research findings through publications, seminars, briefings and other
channels
According to the survey firms, they also do their o4n field4or7 and data processing, ma7ing
them full&service survey research institutes and claim to operate as self&supporting, non&subsidi%ed,
academic institute for survey research on topics of public interest, said #ela $ru%
9urthermore, #ela $ru% said the survey firms claim that they derive financial sustainability
from subscriptions, commissioned surveys, social survey contracts, trainings and consultancies (3*)
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NR # 3488
JUNE 5, 2014

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