In the wake of the frenzied preparations for the much anticipated visit of Pope Francis to the Philippines commencing 15th January 2015, the residents of Davao already posted their reaction to it in a survey conducted by the Ateneo de Davao University (ADDU), through the Social Research, Training and Development Office (SRTDO), in the later part of 2014.
Davaoeños in the three districts of metropolitan Davao were asked about the level of importance of Pope Francis’ visit: Slightly above half (51.9%) of the residents of District 2 expressed that the visit is extremely important, while only slightly below half (48.6%) of the residents of District 3 thought so. The residents along the city’s urban center (that is, the downtown area and its vicinities constituting District 1), posted only slightly above a third (39.8%) of their response to this question. Meanwhile, both District 2 and District 3 agreed that the visit is important (32% and 28.8%, respectively); however, the same percentage (39.8%) of urban dwellers in District 1 thought of the visit as such.
Given the frenetic preparations that have already started all over the country in eagerness of this pastoral visit which, for all intents and purposes, was precipitated by the horrible impact of the massive devastation wrought by Super Typhoon Yolanda on the eastern part of the Visayas, the respondents were then asked whether or not Davaoeños are prepared for the coming of this most charismatic of popes in modern contemporary era. The responses of the residents in the three districts (close to 80% of whom claimed to be Catholics) posted a slightly higher answer to this second question than the first one. This time, District 3 residents believed that they are prepared, registering a percentage of 65.4%, as compared to the residents of District 2 with only 53.4%. Unsurprising perhaps (if the first question is anything to go by), urban dwellers of District 1 answered rather conservatively—only slightly below half (45.8%) of them said that they are prepared. Continue reading